There was no lack of drama at the X Games in Munich today. During the start of the final race, Sverre Isachsen found himself in a pack of 10 cars setting up for turn 1 when he was bumped. This sent him off-course when a second impact pushed him further offline into the barricades. Suddenly the #11 WRX STI was rocketing through the turn on 2 wheels at a shockingly steep angle. It briefly appeared he was going over, but the tight pack of wildly powerful cars supported him and Sverre safely brought his Subaru back down on all 4! Putting his world class driving skills to use, Sverre immediately advanced to 4th. He confidently held this position until the very last lap (9 of 10), two turns from the finish line, where Ken Block attempted an aggressive pass and drove into Sverre spinning him out. It was a dirty move, and although Ken was excluded from the race because of the incident, the spin caused Sverre to drop in the final results from 4th to 8th. The result was a big disappointment to an otherwise outstanding performance by the Viking Warrior and his #11 Subaru WRX STI.
Dave Mirra and Bucky Lasek did not advance to the final race but did have plenty of bumper to bumper racing. Dave Mirra was in a tough battle throughout his heat race but failed to finish in the top two which would have guaranteed him an entry into the final. Bucky Lasek had a similar result, thus both Dave and Bucky were entered into the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). The LCQ was a rough session of red flags, re-starts and crashes that ultimately resulted in Dave Mirra being disabled on the track and Bucky Lasek not advancing.
Without a minute to spare, the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team is packing up their gear and preparing cars, tools and equipment for an air shipment across the Atlantic. Sometime in the next 24-36 hours a cargo jet with an internal load of horsepower nearly matching its external engines will enter US airspace to bring the Global RallyCross series back to American soil. The next event is scheduled only 11 days from today and will take place at Louden Motor Speedway in New Hampshire.