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Oct 27, 2010

The action sports industry's largest annual competition for all wheel sports that can be labeled "extreme" blew up the greater Los Angeles area recently, and we joined in on the action at the aptly-titled Memorial Coliseum for X Games Rally. Now in its fifth year, 2010 brought a few changes. The centerpiece of the event, the long jump, was smaller than in past years (Did ACP's end-over-end roll as documented in the Jan '09 issue play a role?), as was the paved, outdoor portion of the course. Competition was just as fierce as always (ask WRX STI driver Travis Hanson, who rolled while battling ACP in the quarter-finals), and like last year, the imports unfortunately did not come out on top-Rockstar/Ford Fiesta drivers and teammates Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan saw to that, even though Mitsu pilots ACP (EVO IX) and Antoine L'Estage (EVO X) clawed to a joint tie for Bronze.

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Another change was the addition of Super Rally: heats of four-car wheel-to-wheel racing in which anyone who survived the previous competition was invited to compete. After Fiesta pilot Ken Block broke for the second time early on, and Kenny Brack was forced to retire after driving up a wall to miss colliding with ACP, Tanner and Brian won their respective heats against drifters Stephan Verdier in an STI and Sam Hubinette in an EVO X, respectively, before battling each other for a repeat First and Second finish. What we'd like to see added next year: snow on the course, and more Golds for the imports! www.xgames.com

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