Remember the old Rodney Dangerfield joke about how he went to a fight and a hockey game broke out? We went to a demolition derby held at the X Games in Los Angeles yesterday and a round of the Global RallyCross series broke out. If you don't want to know who won the gold, then you should stop reading now...

After all the seeding heats, qualifying rounds and Last Chance Qualifiers had been held, the grid was Sverre Isachsen, Patrik Sandell, Liam Doran, Ken Block, Rhys Millen, Tanner Foust, Toomas Heikkinen, Brian Deegan, Travis Pastrana and Scott Speed. A jumped start by Isachsen got things going, then Block played pinball with Sandell and Doran, got turned sideways in front of the pack and effectively ended his chances as well as those of Doran, Sandell and Deegan.

Even though Isachsen had to come in for a stop-go penalty, his jumped start kept him out of the mess and he rolled back into the race in fourth place behind Pastrana. Subaru hasn't had a good year in the Series and Isachsen seemed determined to change that, showing superior pace to Pastrana but not afraid to nerf Pastrana all over the place in trying to make the pass for third.

It was incidents like that – and Speed's mighty collision with Sandell on Lap 5 – that meant every other lap left another body shop's worth of debris and punted safety barriers in the middle of the course. How bad did it get? Ken Block did the last two laps on three tires and one rim.

The victory went to Toomas Heikkinen in an Olsbergs Fiesta ST, his fourth in a row. Heikkinen is the only GRC driver to win four races in a row, and the first to get back-to-back X Games gold medals after winning in Munich earlier this year. Behind him came Foust, Isachsen, Millen, Pastrana, Block, Deegan and Sandell. Speed and Doran were both classified DNF.

You can check out the high-res images from the day above, and watch video of the entire race below.



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      BlankaLi
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's nice to see FUN racing in So Cal.
      Stuka87
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel they need to add some form of penalty for ramming. It seems every race the guys in back ram the guys up front, putting the faster cars out of the race. I have lost count as to how many times Pastrana and Block have been smashed into the wall by drivers behind them. Sure it adds a bit of entertainment, but I rather watch a close race. The "first corner wreck" that happens almost every race spreads cars out too far.
        gary
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stuka87
        Block has nobody to blame but himself this time.
        Lou
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stuka87
        Have you ever watched European Rallycross on which this series is loosely based? Contact is par for the course. It's intentional punting of another driver that will get you black flagged not agressive door to door pressure.
      richard gear
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not sure. I mean it fits the mold of made for TV motorsports action, but is it racing ? To me it is like NASCAR (discounting the surface conditions - but conceptually) with more sophisticated Euro cars ? How does the Environmentally conscious Californians view this? I mean huge clouds of unburnt fuel off the line, acrid rubber smoke in the air, and lots of tearing up of equipment in general - just like drifting burning up the worlds resources for "style points". You might as well have Greg Louganis in the cars ? Remember him from the Olympic diving championships. To me "Style over Substance" or "Form over Function" ,....unlike the dare I say "older" (here come the trolls) more established forms of motorsports.....where racing truly was the proving ground of new technologies - thus relevance ? I think this form of racing just plays into the narrative of the A.D.D., lack of substantive attention span of youth market of today, and as in the case of the manufacturers in chasing the newest fad for fear of losing sales. As for $ 1/2 million production cars, c'mon be serious.