MUNICH – Liam Doran scored the second gold medal of his career at X Games Munich, beating Ken Block and Toomas Heikkinen in the first leg of Global Rallycross’ doubleheader weekend.
Heikkinen took the lead after a chaotic start that saw multiple cars spin and make contact, but Doran was able to make his way into the lead early in the event. A red flag was flown after two laps when Timur Timerzyanov backed into the turn one tire barrier, forcing the Rallycross Safety Team to extract the vehicle and ensuring a restart.
On the restart, Doran again proved the class of the field, eventually pulling away from Heikkinen despite suffering a puncture late. Meanwhile, contact in the first corner once again wounded the cars of Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan, and ended the days of Scott Speed and Timerzyanov. Patrik Sandell would complete two laps before retiring, while Deegan missed only the last lap.
Block took advantage of Heikkinen’s similar misfortune, making the pass for second late in the race and closing to within a second of Doran at the finish. Anton Marklund, Mattias Ekstrom and Foust would also finish on the lead lap.