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Ford Racing Cruise to Global Rallycross Championship Glory

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Ford Racing took the Global Rallycross Championship with three rounds to spare, following a one-two finish at X Games Los Angeles.

Toomas Heikkinen took the gold medal, his fourth consecutive victory in the Ford Fiesta ST, extending his lead in the Drivers’ Championship over team-mate Tanner Foust, who took the silver medal, meaning Ford have taken an impressive 15 podiums out of a possible 18 in the opening six rounds of the championship, including five victories.

“The final was unbelievable for me. It feels so good,” said Heikkinen, who dominated in his heat. “The first corner was so stuffed. I went in side-by-side and door-to-door with Ken Block. I went a little too wide after that, so when Liam Doran and Ken started to crash, I just watched and went in-between them.”

The path to the final was not quite as simple for Foust, who found himself locked in a battle for the second automatic transfer position with Timur Timerzyanov. Foust beat the Russian to the line before going on to the runner-up spot in the final.

“It was definitely a battle. It was just a war during the heat,” said Foust. “My vantage point in the final was that I had ten cars in front of me and I’m like, ‘Okay, we’ll just see what happens’. Then all of a sudden Ken is backwards, tyres are flying through the air, there’s fire, there’s everything, so I powered around the outside corner and ended up second. I just followed Topi’s dust from that point to the finish.”

“Winning the Global Rallycross Championship manufacturers’ title with our Fiesta ST is a proud accomplishment for Ford Motor Company and all Ford fans,” added Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “We extend our appreciation to our teams OMSE and Hoonigan Racing, and to all of our drivers and team members who made this great achievement possible.”

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