This past Saturday, the 2013 rallycross season began with a bang at the X Games in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, and it had everything to do with Bluebeam’s rallycross driver, Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen, who took silver with his fearless driving.
Although Topi began the weekend seeded 8th, he pressed on to win his qualifying heat and started 4th from the pole in the final. When the starting flag dropped, Topi cut hard across the track to gain the inside position and take the lead. It was this bold move that helped him avoid the chaotic scene at the starting line, where many drivers got caught in the pile-up that ensued. Some of the biggest names in rallycross did not finish the race, including Ken Block, Tanner Foust and Travis Pastrana, whose damaged cars had to be cleared from the dusty field when the red flag went up in the 4th lap.
At the restart, Brian Deegan sped to the front of the pack, but he went wide in the first turn, leaving a gap for Topi to pass through. The aggressive, young Finn pulled ahead, and raced to take the Joker Lap. Topi maintained the lead throughout the six-lap sprint as former Formula One and NASCAR driver Scott Speed stayed in hot pursuit. Speed strategically saved his Joker for the final lap, and inched ahead of Topi at the last moment to take gold by 0.7 seconds. It was a thrilling first race, and Bluebeam couldn’t be more proud. Now, on to Barcelona!