Finn Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen was back to Global RallyCross Championship action in the US, but missed a place in the A final at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen continued his business in the American Global RallyCross Championship. The second event of the season took place at the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas. Heikkinen, driving an OMSE Ford Fiesta Mk7, couldn’t repeat what he did in the first event, to claim a place in the A final. The Finn from Joensuu was left in the pre-final. “Now the rules had slightly been changed and there was only one qualifying heat. I had a real battle with Tanner Foust and we both drove off the track a bit. Only the winner and the second best made it straight to the A final here, and I was left third and had to try to get to the A final through the pre-final. In the qualifying heat one was not allowed to take the Joker Lap short-cut in the first lap, but in the final it was allowed. I thought that meant it was allowed in the pre-final too, but it wasn’t. I took the Joker during the first lap and was subsequently disqualified. So, it didn’t go as planned,” reported Heikkinen.
Heikkinens teammate Marcus Grönholm won the event. Grönholm also won the first event in Charlotte. “The result was pretty poor this time for me, but the atmosphere is great in these events. In a proper American style there was a massive jump on the track, creating 30-meter flights. The whole track was asphalt, but they made some parts of it slippery by watering,” told Heikkinen. The next time Heikkinen is racing in America will be at the end of June in the X Games in Los Angeles.