After three years of complete and utter domination, Subaru's reign at the X Games Rally podium has come to an end. A moment of silence, please. Three upstarts from the Ford camp, via the Fiesta, took the top and bottom podium spots, with former 1999 Indy 500 champ Kenny Brack taking Gold and Formula D Diaries contributor Tanner Foust walking away with Bronze. Travis Pastrana took home Silver after he wedged his Subaru between two walls, giving the win to Brack.
What about the other two Subaru drivers? Dave Mirra put down a valiant run against the grip skills of Brack in the top eight, fighting for the lead all the way to the finish line back in the stadium. Unfortunately for Mirra, he crossed only moments behind Brack's pace.
During the same quarter-final round, Ken Block went up against Motocross legend Brian Deegan (the latest X Games athlete and Metal Mulisha founder to take up rally) in a Ford Fiesta. On the hunt for Gold, Block took the turn before the jump a tad too hot and tagged the wall. Without enough speed, and with an ESPN commentator in tow, Block drove around the gnarly 70-foot jump, forfeiting the round to Deegan-ironically, Deegan went on to lose to Pastrana in the semis when he dodged the same jump. For his first time out in X Games rally, Deegan finished a respectable Fourth, rounding out Ford's three of the top four spots.
With an OE rivalry ignited in X Games, what Ford needs to do next is step up to Subaru and bring the fight to the rest of the Rally America series. Competition is a good thing, and if Vanilla Ice, Baha Men and Paperboy have taught us anything, it's that a one hit doesn't get you very far.