Mitchell DeJong WINS Gold Medal at X Games Austin

Mitchell DeJong WINS Gold Medal at X Games Austin

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Mitchell DeJong WINS Gold Medal at X Games Austin
Youngest Gold Medalist in Red Bull Global Rallycross History

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.

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When the green light flashed, Mitchell DeJong nabbed the all important holeshot on the very difficult to pass course.  While extending the gap between himself and Olsbergs MSE teammate, Kevin Eriksson, a red flag forced a restart completely demolishing the healthy lead.

 

 

 

The restart paid no difference to the determined teen as as he consumed the lead once again and never looked back. Halfway through the race the #24 machine began to overheat, but Mitchell kept cool and drove as smooth as he could knowing he would either win or likely retire the motor.  As horsepower and his lead began to slip away he was able to hold off the charging Eriksson to claim the X Games Austin victory.

 

 

 

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.”

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Watch the Final Race at X Games Austin Here:


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Photos by Olsbergs MSE