Mitchell DeJong WINS Gold Medal at X Games Austin
Temecula, CA (6/10/14) — Mitchell DeJong returned to X Games in Austin, Texas on Saturday to change the record books by becoming the youngest gold medalist in Red Bull Global Rallycross history and the first multi-medal winner in the Red Bull GRC Lites class after earning a silver medal last year in Los Angeles.
Coming off a spectacular win two weeks ago in Great Britain during the FIA Rallycross Lites Championship round at Lydden Hill race circuit, the 16 year old racer was poised and focused to accomplish a life long dream to be a Gold Medalist at X Games. His Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Lites car had found the podium with time to spare in each heat and semi-final race marking him as the crowd favorite for winning the gold medal at the famed Circuit of Americas course.
Mitchell now holds the early points lead in the Red Bull GRC Lites series and will seek to carry the momentum into Washington, D.C. on June 22.
Mitchell commented about his race. “It was a ton of fun. It was very difficult with the slick dirt and just trying to keep the car on track. Then you had to think about all the other guys in there too who are just trying to get that little edge. It was very tough-I had Kevin right behind me, and he was very, very fast. I couldn’t make any mistakes, and it was easy to with the track going away a little bit. I had to deal with a little bit of the car overheating, and it started going into limp mode about halfway through. So I was trying to get all the lap time out of it even though the power wasn’t there. I loved every minute of the race, and I’m more than excited.”
Photos by Olsbergs MSE