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FOZ DO IQUACU, Brazil - Ford swept the Global Rallycross Podium at the Inaugural Summer X Games 2013 in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil last month with GRC rookie Scott Speed earning gold in his Ford Fiesta. OlsbergsMSE drivers Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen and Patrik Sandell captured silver and bronze, respectively.
As a part of Ford Racing’s expansion in the sport, Fiesta ST debuted in Brazil with drivers Ken Block, Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan, Heikkinen and Sandell. There were a number of challenges each competitor faced on the Brazilian red clay, but the massive and enthusiastic crowd roared with cheers as the 10-car field lined up on the start / finish line. Ford had seven drivers in the main event, but within the first dusty corner, Foust and Block were taken out in a massive crash. Due to a new rule established by GRC, teams are not able to fix their cars after a yellow flag is thrown so the two Fiesta ST teammates were forced to exit the competition early.
Heikkinen led the first six laps of the main event after taking the joker lap first, a short-cut that all drivers must take once. Speed, driving the GRC ‘Star Car,’ closely followed Heikkinen and applied pressure on the final lap when it became clear he still needed to take the short-cut. After executing the 70-foot jump, Speed took the lead on the final stretch to win in his debut debut competition.
The second Summer X Games will commence in Barcelona, Spain on May 16-19, 2013. Global Rallycross will air on Sunday, May 19, 2013 on ESPN (check your local listings).