Eight charged up rally cars flew through the streets of Downtown Los Angeles on Sunday Afternoon as Brian Deegan emerged from the dust as the RallyCross winner at X Games 17.
Deegan took full advantage from the start as heavy favorites Tanner Foust and Liam Doran tangled in the first turn. The small window of opportunity was enough for Deegan to slingshot to the lead which he never let go. For Deegan, the win was especially sweet finally getting the better of fellow teammate Foust after finishing second to him last year in both rally disciplines.
“This was the highlight of my life, I’ve done a lot of things on a dirt bike but nothing tops this moment winning RallyCross at X Games.”
The storyline of the afternoon was the decision from Travis Pastrana to compete in RallyCross. Pastrana broke his right leg and ankle Thursday night during the Moto X Best Trick competition seemingly ending Pastranathon before it even started.
With the help of creative engineering by his Subaru mechanics Pastrana quickly learned how to drive using accelerator controls with his hands. For most people if you need to duck tape your leg to the car so you’re able to drive with your hands, it’s probably not a good idea to compete. Not for Travis, he was excited to race one way or another, “just to be here and have this team and this setup is awesome. I am glad I decided to drive today…this is the best decision at the moment.”
Subaru mechanics set up Pastrana’s car with accelerator controls.
Travis finished just off the podium in fourth place.
European favorite Marcus Gronholm rounded out the podium with a bronze medal performance. Saturday’s Rally winner Liam Doran never bounced back after his run in with Foust in the first turn finishing in dead last.
Here’s the official results from Sunday’s RallyCross
1. Brian Deegan
2. Marcus Granholm
3. Tanner Foust
4. Travis Pastrana
5. Dave Mirra
6. Rhys Millen
7. David Higgins
8. Liam Doran