The Finn takes victory in the second race of the weekend in Germany.
After the deluge that greeted the drivers at Saturday’s X Games Munich Ford RallyCross session, the sun was shining on the Frottmaring on Sunday as Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen claimed a dominant win ahead of Liam Doran and Tanner Foust.
Heikkinen had said before the race that he wanted to have an X Games medal of every colour in his collection, and after taking silver at X Games Foz do Iguacu and bronze in yesterday’s action, the Finn finally managed to complete his set today.
Behind the leading three came two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom, who won out in a last lap battle with yesterday’s silver medallist Ken Block to claim fourth.
At the start of the race, it was the lighter Mini of Doran, making its debut this weekend, who claimed the hole shot with a big slide into the first corner. But Heikkinen was close behind and the pair bashed doors around the next few corners before Heikkinen moved firmly into the lead. The Finn would never look back, eking out a lead of four seconds after a few laps.
Having jumped the start, Ken Block was forced to take a stop/go penalty on lap two, the same lap that saw former freestyle motocross rider Brian Deegan retire with a puncture.
By lap six, and with Heikkinen still out in front, IndyCar driver Townsend Bell and DTM racer Ekstrom began a battle for fifth, with Bell’s Ford Fiesta nudging Ekstrom’s Volkswahen Polo as the pair headed into the first corner. Ekstrom held the position though, and gained another place as Sverre Isachsen's Subaru Impreza was ruled out of contention.
By the time Heikkinen came around the final corner and crossed the finish line, he held a five second lead over Doran, with Tanner Foust a further five seconds back in third.
“I'm so proud of my team. They work so hard," said Heikkinen, who was lucky to survive a massive crash at last summer’s X Games Los Angeles when his car failed to make it over a jump.
Yesterday’s race winner Doran seemed less pleased, however, presumably as a result of Heikkinen’s aggressive first lap driving. The Brit did a massive slide on the slow down lap, nearly hitting Heikkinen’s Ford Fiesta before giving the Finn a curt smack on the helmet when the two got out of their cars.
Expect the rivalry to be smouldering nicely by the time the pair make it to X Games Los Angeles on August 1st…