Top 10 GRC Moments: Deegan Earns Gold in Los Angeles
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DATE: July 31, 2011
LOCATION: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
IN BRIEF: After finishing a disappointing 10th in the first day of GRC X Games competition, Brian Deegan looked to add to his career medal count, already high thanks to his many successes in freestyle motocross. Racing for OlsbergsMSE alongside Tanner Foust and Marcus Gronholm, the top two drivers in series points, Deegan made the OMSE team three for three in points-paying heat wins (the fourth going to Liam Doran, who won the previous day’s event as well).
The eight-car final saw contact between Foust and Doran, allowing Deegan to take the lead for good on the very first lap. The Metal Mulisha leader would hold on to win a popular gold medal, celebrating as teammates Foust and Gronholm completed the podium behind him.
EFFECTS: After scoring his maiden GRC win, Deegan has been a driver to beat in every GRC race since. Of his six 2012 starts, five resulted in podium finishes (the only five to count in the championship, due to the series’ points drop rule). In 2013, Deegan ranks third in points through eight races with podium finishes in New Hampshire, Bristol, and Charlotte.
Photo credit: Sub5Zero
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