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Heikkinen and Foust Finish 1-2 at RD 7 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Posted by: newsla on Aug 11, 2013 - 06:32 AM
Heikkinen and Foust Finish 1-2 at RD 7 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Toomas Heikkinen followed up his X Games Los Angeles gold medal by making Global Rallycross history on Saturday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.


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Heikkinen, driver of the Bluebeam OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta ST, won his fifth straight series event in dominating fashion as he earned the top seed before winning both of his heat races and then beating fellow Ford driver Tanner Foust to the checkered flag in the GRC Round 7 main event.

“It was quite a different race for me since I am now trying to win the championship,” said Heikkinen, who became the first driver to win two X Games gold medals last weekend with his X Games triumph. “I had a really great start in my Ford Fiesta ST in the final race, took the joker on the first lap, and was able to keep the lead.”

That wasn’t the only lead he kept as Heikkinen extended his advantage in the point standings to 43 over teammate Foust, who denied Heikkinen from clinching the overall championship by finishing second.

“I have come such a long way from last season,” said Heikkinen, who suffered a fractured leg last year during X Games Los Angeles and missed the remainder of the year.. “I am confidant once again in the race car and think that I have the best car out there. It is always a battle, but I am very happy to be on top right now.”

The runner-up finish was the second straight for Foust in the Rockstar Energy OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta ST and third podium appearance this season.

“This track was really a difficult track and it once again came down to how you did on the start and avoiding collisions in the first corner,” said Foust, who was seeded sixth but finished second in the first heat and won the second to advance to the nine-car final. “Second never feels great, but I am glad to be on the podium again.

“Topi had a great start. I thought I was gaining on him, but with three laps to go I got a puncture on the front left tire,” continued Foust. “I didn’t realize I had a puncture until I went through the water and was instantly sideways at the top of fifth gear going 100 mph. That’s when I knew there was something wrong and from then on it was a matter of managing the position in second and keeping ahead of the rest of the field.”

Atlanta’s 10-corner layout ran clockwise, utilizing much of the tri-oval and pit road sections of the track. The tabletop jump returned to the oval frontstretch, while two long straightaways made horsepower a key factor throughout the night.

Ford Fiestas made up six of the nine spots in the final and won all six preliminary heat races before Heikkenen capped the night with his history-making performance. In addition, Ford has now claimed 17 out of a possible 21 podium finishes through seven races, including six victories.


1. Toomas Heikkinen

2. Tanner Foust

3. Sverre Isachsen

4. Dave Mirra

5. Timur Timerzyanov

6. Brian Deegan

7. Scott Speed

8. Ken Block

9. Steve Arpin

10. Henning Solberg

11. Patrik Sandell Sandell

12. Bucky Lasek


1A. Toomas Heikkinen

1B. Ken Block

1C. Brian Deegan

2A. Toomas Heikkinen

2B. Ken Block

2C. Tanner Foust


1. Toomas Heikkinen 31.739

2. Ken Block 32.054

3. Brian Deegan 32.274

4. Patrik Sandell 32.632

5. Bucky Lasek 33.192

6. Tanner Foust 33.230

7. Sverre Isachsen 33.671

8. Steve Arpin 33.990

9. Dave Mirra 34.195

10. Scott Speed 34.300

11. Timur Timerzyanov 35.026

12. Henning Solberg DNS


1. Toomas Heikkinen, 139

2. Tanner Foust, 96

3. Brian Deegan, 84

4. Ken Block, 80

5. Patrik Sandell, 75


1. Ford, 264

2. Subaru, 109

3. Dodge, 94


Atlanta Motor Speedway 1st Place (Heikkinen), 2nd Place (Foust)

X Games Los Angeles Gold (Heikkinen), Silver (Foust)

Bristol Motor Speedway 1st Place (Heikkinen), 2nd Place (Block), 3rd Place (Deegan)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1st Place (Heikkinen), 2nd Place (Sandell), 3rd Place (Deegan)

X Games Germany 2 Gold (Heikkinen), Bronze (Foust)

X Games Germany 1 Silver (Block), Bronze (Heikkinen)

X Games Brazil Gold (Speed), Silver (Heikkinen), Bronze (Sandell)

The Global Rallycross Championship will run Round 8 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 22, 2013.

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