Toomas Heikkinen finally took home his first gold medal during the Global Rallycross event at the X Games in Munich, Germany behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta ST. Following closely behind in second place was Liam Doran with Tanner Foust taking the bronze in third place. This would be Toomas Heikkinen’s first career X Games and Global Rallycross victory. This makes his third career medal with the rest won earlier this year in Brazil and Munich yesterday.
The first four heats were dominated by Heikkinen, Mattias, Ekstrom, Doran, and Brian Deegan while Steve Arpin, Sverre Isachsen, Ken Block, and Tanner Foust advanced directly to the finals. Three re-starts were necessary during the last chance qualifier advancing Townsend Bell and Guiga Spinelli to the main event.
Heikkinen took off ahead of the field while a tight battle ensued between the drivers behind him. Ekstrom and Bell fought for the fifth place spot while Block remained on track and passed by multiple cars. During the event, Foust’s rear bumper was dragging until finally getting torn off.
Heikkinen happened to be the only driver who grabbed a medal in each of the past three races. Being the only driver to have won his heat in each of the past three races, Heikkinen finished fifth or better in the past five races, including Las Vegas in Sept. 2012.
Toomas Heikkinen, #57 OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta ST: "It felt good, and even right now it feels good. But we have a long season, and we have to go into LA and see what will happen. I'm leading the championship right now, and we have to be happy. But tomorrow we have to concentrate on the future... (The team) make it work, they make the cars, and I just come in and do my best."
Tanner Foust, #34 OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta ST: "Yesterday was horrible damage, and the team was working hard to get it all put back together. Today, though, the car's fairly clean. I saw my own bumper on the track somewhere, but that comes off pretty easily. I did go underneath a Subaru on the first corner... I'll be honest, it's hard to be too excited because I just got lucky in the first turn. Yesterday I got unlucky, and there's a very fine line between those two. The difference is not a good result, and a good result. I'll take the luck when I can get it, and if that means some hardware, then even better."