Though Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen was excited to continue the momentum he’d started at X Games Foz do Iguaçu, his next shot at the gold medal washed away this past weekend at X Games Barcelona, where the race was cancelled due to "heavy rain and the resulting adverse course conditions," according to the official statement from GRC.
One of the most-anticipated Global Rallycross events this season, fans flocked to Barcelona's historic Olympic Stadium to watch the first GRC race ever to be held on European soil. Adding to the excitement was the debut of legendary Spanish rally driver Carlos "El Matador" Sainz on the GRC circuit. However, after a few drivers tested the track at low speeds in the steady downpour and struggled to gain traction, it was clear that the muddy course could not support any controlled acceleration, and GRC officials determined that the track was “unsuitable for driver safety reasons.”
Though there is no make-up date as of this report, the sanctioning body has met to discuss the possibility of a rain check. While Topi didn’t get to race, he enjoyed Barcelona during its dry spell and tore up the track during a warm-up session on Saturday. Next up on the GRC circuit is X Games Munich from June 27th-30th, where Topi will look to continue his successful start to the 2013 campaign.