Saturday, July 31, 2010
X Games 16: Tanner Foust in his Ford Fiesta wins in Rally Car Racing and SuperRally.
Photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL via AutoBlog post
When I heard that this weekend was X Games 16, I instantly thought of the rally cars because last season’s racing at The Home Depot Center was incredible to watch on ESPN especially the amazing views of the rally car jumping over another rally car. And what is SuperRally?
Unlike the exciting rally car racing in 2009 which Kenny Brack won, for 2010, as the eliminations started, fans and drivers would see a completely new course at the L.A. Coliseum that while the course offered the same amazing views of the jump from last season, the new course would be a confusing nightmare for everyone, narrow and disappointing that included all right hand turns, and no imagination.
But even more, for the racing to really be determined by which driver actually knew the race track and could stay on the right course rather than pure driving skills is extremely disappointing to say the least.
And that was really noticed in the finals were it was Brian Deegan vs. Tanner Foust and Deegan would once again make a mistake and go the wrong way on course which is an automatic red flag giving the victory and the gold medal (who was already leading at the time) to Tanner Foust in his Ford Fiesta.
I hated to see this incredible racing end with a red flag because nobody really know the actual course, but congrats to Tanner Foust on winning the gold medal anyway, he was clearing the best in the field.
However at X Games 17, build a better course or at least return to The Home Depot Center where it was exciting to watch, not this.
Surviving the disappointing narrow course was the key to victory in these eliminations.
Here is something different, instead of head to head races like in the rally cars, SuperRally is four cars racing at once on a different, more simple course in the L.A. Coliseum that consists of 4 laps except in the finals with 5 laps around the course including taking “the joker” jump at least once.
In the first few heats, the racing was more settled down and laid back with one car getting out to a good lead. Each time, the announcers will ask “will they take the jump or will they just go around?”, most of the time the drivers would go around considering the outside line around the jump is faster because of the tight corner out of the tunnel to get to the jump.
In the third heat, I felt bad for Travis Pastrana, he didn’t even get to turn a lap in the SuperRally because of engine troubles, that would have been interesting see Pastrana racing with these guys. But in the last chance qualifier, it was a heart breaker as Ken Block was leading, but as he came out of the tunnel, he slowed to a stop and ACP would pay the price too as he would get hit from behind and spun, nowhere to go as fourth place at the time Hubinette would go on to win the heat and get into the finals.
In the finals, it would be Foust vs. Verdier vs. Deegan vs. Hubinette. What a tight race, but did the flagger wave the checkered flag one lap early? Oh well, once you see the checkered flag, the race is over and Tanner Foust in his Ford Fiesta takes the victory and wins the gold medal. What a good race.
I love watching motorsports and watching rally car racing is amazing to see and even though the course was confusing, a nightmare and terrible, the racing as interesting, but I really like the SuperRally racing with four wide start. Hopefully in X Games 17, they have a better course and bring back Rally Car Racing and SuperRally. Congrats to Tanner Foust on winning the gold medal in both Rally Car racing and SuperRally. Now if a network could only put rally car racing on television regularly, that would be great to see.