Eight times World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb added X Games gold to his bulging collection of trophies after a runaway victory in the rally cross final of the X Games. But he was robbed of the chance to race Travis Pastrana after a collision in qualifying left the extreme sports legend a spectator.
The rally cross was Pastrana's only event at X Games 2012, but after taking an early lead in his qualifying he was shunted into a concrete wall at the first corner by X Games rookie Andy Scott, from Scotland.
Although the American was unhurt, the impact wrecked his Dodge Dart. "What the hell was that, dude?" shouted a stunned Pastrana while still at the wheel of his totalled car. "We've got the fastest car on the track, and the first turn of the first race? You've got to be kidding me!"
'This is our big event, and to have someone take it from me is devastating' – Travis Pastrana
With no spare car available due to the competition rules, Pastrana had no choice but to sit out the final and miss out on racing Loeb after he had invited the rally legend to visit the US for the first time. "This is our big event, and to have someone take it from me is devastating," said Pastrana, "When you brake at the point where everyone has braked all day for the corner and someone decides to come in and not brake, that's a devastating way to end what could've been a fantastic week for the team."
After Loeb's other friendly rival, Marcus Grönholm, out after a heavy crash left the Finn concussed, the way was clear for Loeb to dominate the X Games Rally Cross final - which he did in his usual style: putting on a show and winning by a country mile.
After a perfect start, Seb moved to the front and immediately built up a small lead. A collision on the second lap blocked the track and caused a delay, which frustrated some of the drivers, several of whom jumped the restart.
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