X Games RallyCross Practice Put On Hold After Heikkinen Accident
Posted on , by Nick Preston
Practice for the RallyCross part of X Games Los Angeles began on Friday. This practice session was held to acquaint drivers with the 50-foot double-ramped open jump which is adject to their garage area to ensure that all would feel comfortable for Saturday practice and Sunday’s races.
It was all going smoothly with only a few nose-hits on the landing ramp, that was until Finn Toomas Heikkinen, 21, got it all wrong in his Ford Fiesta. He was driving too slow on the initial approach, and landed short, smashing the front end of the Fiesta into the ramp.
There was lots of debris on the landing ramp and Heikkinen was rushed to hospital after he crawled out. The car was a complete write-off and Heikkinen suffered a broken left ankle from the accident.
RallyCross practice was cancelled after this accident, and emergency crews had to deal with a small fire that started in the car shortly after the driver crawled out. Heikkinen was the 2010 Finnish RallyCross champion.
Toomas Heikkinen X Games RallyCross Crash Photos
Thankfully, the only injury present was a broken ankle, as a CT scan showed no injuries to Heikkinen’s head, chest, abdomen, back or pelvis.
Get well soon Heikkinen!