DORAN LEADS THE EUROPEAN OFFENSIVE AT X GAMES 17

LOS ANGELES, CA (JULY 30, 2011) The streets of downtown Los Angeles were buzzing on Saturday, but not with standstill traffic. Instead, they were serving some of the world’s best rally racers for the seventeenth running of ESPN’s X Games. X Games rookie Liam Doran, running on VP’s RallyMax blend, upset legendary European driver Marcus "Bosse" Gronholm to win the gold medal in the Rally Car Racing final.

Doran, 24-year-old rally racer from England, topped Robbie Maddison, Joseph Burke and Tanner Foust in single-elimination, head-to-head races. Upending his rival, Foust, in the semifinals had to be his biggest challenge and the surprise of the competition. Foust, being the defending X Games Rally Car and Rally Cross gold medallist, had a hard time standing up to the European offensive. Doran outran him in a close semifinal, but David Higgins then took full advantage of Foust’s bad luck when his car broke down shortly after the bronze medal race began.

Doran went into a best-of-three showdown with Finnish Rally Star, Marcus Gronholm, in the final. Doran brought down another Goliath, sweeping the series against Gronholm in a commanding fashion.

Doran pumped his fists in the air after both victories. He smoked his tires in celebration and hugged his crew after the win. Even an injured Travis Pastrana drove by in a car and shouted, "Good job, Liam."

It was Doran's moment to shine.

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