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X Games: RallyCross driver injured in crash during practice

June 29, 2012|By Andrew L. John
  • Toomas Heikkinen takes a jump during the Global Rallycross Championship Hoon Kaboom Texas this month.
Toomas Heikkinen takes a jump during the Global Rallycross Championship… (David Kent / MCT )

RallyCross driver Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen broke his left ankle and suffered abdominal injuries when his car crashed into the metal jump ramp on the RallyCross course during a practice run Friday. 

Heikkinen, a 21-year-old Finnish driver, came up short attempting a jump over a 50-foot gap, where he collided head-on before falling upside down into the gap.

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Heikkinen is conscious and alert and is set to undergo a CT scan, according to X Games officials. He is not currently scheduled to compete in Sunday afternoon's final event. 

Following the crash, RallyCross practice was canceled as emergency crews worked to put out a fire that had started in Heikkinen’s Ford Fiesta. According to an ESPN report, the front of the vehicle caught fire after he made it out following the crash.

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Heikkinen was set to compete in his first X Games event this year. He had recent success racing in Europe and was the Finnish RallyCross champion in 2010.

Heikkinen’s crash is the first reported at X Games 2012.

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