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Sebastien Loeb dominates X Games event in Los Angeles

Sebastien Loeb Citroen WRC 2011Eight-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb dominated the X Games Rallycross final on his debut in the Los Angeles event.

But afterwards the Frenchman paid tribute to former WRC rival and fellow X Games competitor Marcus Gronholm, who was hospitalised following his heavy accident in practice.

Gronholm's Fiesta landed from a jump and then struck a concrete post on his side (the left) of the car. He was taken to hospital for observation, having lost consciousness at the scene of his crash.

Citroen driver Loeb won the rallycross gold medal after dominating the final, leading from the first corner to show WRC Fiesta driver Ken Block the way home.

Talking about Gronholm after the race, Loeb said: "Maybe my main rival was not here. I hope he is doing well."

Gronholm's team-mate Brian Deegan also dedicated his medal for third place to the two-time world champion.

The X Games rallycross final was a subdued affair following the accidents suffered by Gronholm and Toomas Heikkenenm, who suffered abdominal injuries and a broken ankle when he failed to clear a jump and smashed into the landing ramp on Friday. The event's organisers subsequently filled in the gap between the two ramps to make a table-top jump.

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