3-peat! Ford Fiesta sweeps X Games RallyCross podium After he won the GRC SuperRally at Pikes Peak, Tanner Foust enjoyed the moment by stating not many people can say they beat 2-time world champion Marcus Gronholm. Even fewer can say they have beat Marcus Gronholm and Tanner Foust, especially in their Ford Fiesta rallycars. Liam Doran, the 24-year-old European RallyCross ace, can make that claim today as he eliminated Foust in the semi-finals and Gronholm in the final to win the Rally Racing (aka SuperRally) competition at X Games 17.
Foust and Gronholm were impeccable in the seeding / qualifying session with Tanner grabbing the top seed with a 37.3 second lap and Gronholm second at 37.6. David Higgins of Subaru was third overall at 38.6. Brian Deegan was eighth (39.6) and Ken Block (40.5) was tenth.
Block in particular had a rough morning battling mechanical issues with the H.F.H.V. Fiesta that limited his track time and would eventually sideline him.
Deegan’s day was far from flawless as he lost a first round match-up with Jimmy Keeney when a gearbox malfunction left him stopped on the course. It was a disappointing finish for Deegan who was viewed by many as one of the strongest challengers to Foust and Gronholm for X Games gold.
Foust also battled mechanical issues with his differential and was sidelined during the third place race vs. Higgins.
“The goal this week is winning at X Games and blowing the rear diff of the Fiesta versus [David] Higgins was disappointing,” said Foust. “I had the same problem in the semi-final vs. Liam [Doran] and I would have liked to give him the full fight with the Fiesta. The mechanics are cranking to get the Fiesta back together and Sunday will be a big day. We will have more people watching RallyCross than ever in the history of the sport and we want to make sure that everything is perfect and that the Ford Fiesta is back on top.”
Gronholm soldiered on to the finals defeating Higgins in a stellar semi-final , but his Best Buy Fiesta fought launch control issues and understeer around the sixth-tenths of a mile course.
In the end, Doran the kid from the U.K., was able to hoist the gold medal.
Foust, Gronholm and their Fiesta teammates Brian Deegan and Ken Block aren’t finished yet in their quest for gold at X. The highly anticipated RallyCross competition is Sunday afternoon on the streets of downtown LA and can be seen live on ABC (5-7 pm EDT).