Liam Doran is the newest face of the Monster Army on U.S. soil. The up-and-coming British Rallycross driver has made a name for himself overseas, showcasing an aggressive approach to competition, in addition to a brash, confident personality that’s a perfect fit for the Monster Energy brand.

Doran has helped make the Monster claw a more prominent symbol throughout Europe, and now, he’s bringing his talents stateside for X Games 17 this weekend. With his Rallycross experience, Doran is arguably the most versatile driver in the field, and he’ll be looking to win gold inside his Citroen named “Black Mamba.”

What are your thoughts on competing at X Games for the first time?
I’m really excited about it. I’ve watched them for a long time and as a kid, I was always involved in extreme sports, so I know what they’re all about. I’m really happy to finally be competing and I hope to win as well.

Los Angeles, CA – It just wouldn’t be X Games without a good dose of Travis, would it? He’s busier than ever with his Nitro Circus Live show, NASCAR racing, rally racing and Freestyle motocross, but extreme sports icon Travis Pastrana is always sure to be found at the ESPN X Games ( tickets on sale now). He’s not an easy guy to pin down, but in the midst of navigating through LA traffic, Travis phoned in to talk about the upcoming X Games 17 and what he has in store for STAPLES Center fans this weekend.

What events are you going to be doing at X Games 17?
Um, that’s a great question. The first one is best trick [on Thursday] and if I don’t get too hurt there I’ll probably be doing Freestyle X on Friday. Then on Saturday I have to fly back to Indianapolis for the Nationwide NASCAR race. Then I’m going to fly back on Sunday for the Rally event. That’s the plan… unless I’m really hospitalized. [laughs]

The word is you’re going to be attempting your signature “Toilet Paper roll” trick again for Moto X Best Trick. Is that the plan?
Yeah. [laughs] It’s basically a 720. We’ll see how that goes. It’s a lot of mass rotating in a lot of different directions. You have to launch with the same pull for the double backflip and then you have to translate that energy into a spin and then somehow try to land it. I’ve been practicing a lot but right now I’d say it’s about 50/50 [whether I land it or not]. We’ll see how it goes!

RallyCar will be streaming video LIVE from the 2011 New England Forest Rally! For the first time ever, you will be able to watch NEFR pre-event driver interviews, Parc Expose, and action from the stages live from your computer. The live stream is scheduled to begin Thursday, July 14th at 6:30pm ET!

In addition to rally being broadcast live, RAM TV’s Bill Wood will stream a 30-minute recap show on Saturday at approximately 9:00pm ET showcasing event’s highlights and the crowing of the 2011 Rally American Champion.

Watch all the great footage by tuning into www.inreach.com/forest


Live Streaming Schedule (all show times are approximate; Eastern Time Zone)

Thursday, July 14th

Driver interviews at the pre-event party 6:30pm

Shakedown Stage flying finish- 8:00pm
Friday, July 15th

Sunday River Parc Expose – 10:00am

Sunday River Super Special (Stage 1) – 11:30am

Mexico Rec Park Super Special (Stage 2 & 3) – 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Saturday, July 16th

Errol JML Super Special (Stage 7) – 10:00am

NEFR Victory Celebration – 6:00pm

Rally America National Awards Presentation – 8:00pm

RAM TV Show NEFR Recap Special – 9:00pm
The rally takes place in remote locations without reliable Internet and mobile connectivity, which may result in technical difficulties. Our engineers will do everything possible to bring the action from NEFR into your home with the best quality.

Wellsboro, PA — Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew win the 2011 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) by a narrow margin of 1.3 seconds over rivals Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard. Higgins had a 37 second deficit halfway through day two after losing intercom at the start of Stage 8 and puncturing a tire on Stage 9, but came back to lead the rally by 2.5 seconds going into the final stage. This is the third time Higgins has taken the outright STPR win in his career, having won the event back in 2002 and 2003.

The Rockstar Mitsubishi crew of Antoine L’Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard finished in a close second place after controlling the rally lead up until the second to last stage. The privateer driver set a blistering pace from the start despite being down on power and went on to win six of the event’s fourteen stages including both passes of the Super Special at the Tioga Fairgrounds.

Portland, OR  – Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew took a commanding win at the Oregon Trail Rally, round four of the 2011 Rally America Championship. Higgins finished 3 minutes 26.9 seconds ahead of rival Antoine L’Estage and won ten of the fifteen stages. It was a tight battle with David Higgins but the Mitsubishi Rockstar crew of Antione L’Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard suffered three tire punctures in a row on day two, which cost them the chance to keep pace with Higgins. Oregon marks Higgins’ second consecutive victory of the season having just won the Olympus Rally two weeks ago in Washington State. Higgins now assumes the overall Championship from Travis Hanson, who has lead the points race since the opening round at Sno*Drift Rally.

The Oregon Trail Rally began Friday with spectator stages held at the Portland International Raceway before moving to the scenic farmlands in and around The Dalles and Dufur for days two and three. Oregon Trail began as a dry and dusty rally, but was consumed by heavy rains and thunderstorms during the middle of day two. The inclement weather forced event organizers to cancel the last two stages of day two and shorten some of day three’s stages.

TheWorld of Adventure Sports  will air on Sunday, May 8th at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, featuring, among other things, footage from the Rallycross race at the New Jersey Motorsports Park.

The next episode will feature:

·       Stand Up World Tour: The Stand Up World Tour was established in 2009 to address the exponential growth in the sport of Stand Up Paddling, and to provide its premier athletes with an international platform on which to compete for the prestigious and official World Championship Title. Focusing on the most visually dynamic element of the sport, surfing, the goal of creating the Stand Up World Tour has been to showcase the sport, its heritage and development, together with its athletes and their collective and colorful stories to the world via the ever increasing forms of global media.

·       Rallycross from the New Jersey Motorsports Park:  The action-sport of auto racing, Rallycross is a blend of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition. Five drivers line up to start at once, piloting high-horsepower compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, unbanked turns, hills and transitions between pavement and gravel. Debuting at X Games 16 under the name “SuperRally”, the Final Round of the U.S. Rallycross Championship concluded at New Jersey Motorsports Park pitting experienced European teams against America’s best drivers for rallycross dominance. This segment features action sport icon, Travis Pastrana (his last race to date with the Subaru Rally Team USA before joining NASCAR), BMX legend Dave Mirra, Formula DRIFT’s Rhys Millen, and BBC’s Top Gear TV host Tanner Foust.

·       Double or Nothing Wake with Parks Bonifay:  This past October Parks Bonifay and other leading wakeboarders descended on Orlando, Florida, USA, for the inaugural Double or Nothing event. Created as a one of a kind Double Up contest that lets riders choose their own driver and have 15 minutes on the water to stick their best trick. The riders all judge each other from video footage from the event creating a unique format where subjective judging is unquestioned.

·       Red Bull Cold Rush: Red Bull Cold Rush, a progressive backcountry freeskiing competition, descended upon Silverton Mountain in Colorado for the first time in the event’s four year history in March of 2010. Sixteen of the world’s best skiers will compete in three disciplines – Slopestyle, Big Mountain, and Cliffs – vying for the title of the most versatile and best all-around skier, as judged by the athletes themselves. With only one chairlift, no grooming, and loads of bowls, chutes, cliffs and natural terrain, this mountain is sure to challenge even the most skilled skiers.

WOAS 2011 broadcast schedule on NBC*:

May 8th – 2:00pm ET

June 5th – 3:00pm ET

July 16th – 2:00pm ET

August 7th – 4:00pm ET

October 9th – 5:00pm ET

November 13th – 3:00pm ET

December 3rd – 2:00pm ET

Also, the series released a recap video of the previous round at the 2011 Olympus Rally. Check that out here:

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For more information, photos and video clips from past episodes please visit www.WorldofAdventureSports.com

 

Ocean Shores, WA — On Saturday, April 30th, tragedy struck the close knit rally racing community during the Olympus Rally based in Ocean Shores, WA, as 31-year-old driver Matthew Marker of Elk Rapids, MI did not survive injuries sustained in a racing accident. Marker was in his fifth year of participating in the Rally America National Championship and was a popular driver among his peers. Marker was known to have ambitions of improving his Championship standings and taking part in building the sport’s popularity.

Matthew Marker’s co-driver (the driver’s navigator), Christopher Gordon of Brooklyn Park, MN, was not seriously injured in the accident.

The crash occurred when Marker’s car went off the road on a right turn, during the 6th competitive stage of the event, impacting a tree with the driver’s side of the car. Medical personnel responded to the scene quickly, but could not resuscitate Marker. The sport of rally in North America has not had a competitor-related fatality since 2003.

Ocean Shores, MO –  The Rally America National Championship schedule resumes at the end of April with its two-event West Coast Swing in Washington and Oregon. The Olympus Rally April 30th-May 1st runs along the beautiful shorelines of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula.  More than 50 top teams representing the United States, Canada and Great Britain will travel to the seaside community of Ocean Shores, WA for the third round of six Rally America National Championship events.

The season has already delivered surprising results. Perhaps the biggest surprise comes from privateer New Hampshire driver Travis Hanson, a Super Production Class competitor, who currently leads the overall Championship over many quicker, factory supported Open Class teams.  Hanson, a rally school instructor from Littleton, NH, and his father, Terry  from Traverse City, Michigan drew a line in the snow by winning the season opening Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan last January 2011.

They scored enough points with a fifth at the second round, February’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Missouri, to stay atop the standings. All of this is history for the Rally America championship.  The Sno*Drift victory marked the first time a Super Production driver won an event overall.  And this is the first time a privateer, non-factory supported team, has led the championship this late in the season.

The Hansons will once again cross the country to test their fate at the Olympus Rally on the same roads that saw them crash out of the event on the first day last year.  Travis and Terry will have another chance to defend their unprecedented challenged at the Oregon Trail Rally in Portland, Oregon just two weeks later, May 13-15th.

X Games BMX legend, Dave Mirra from North Carolina and multi-time British Rally Champion, David Higgins from Wales  will be among those hoping to catch the Hansons and put their Subaru Rally Team USA back on the top step of the Podium.   Mirra has been Subaru Rally Team USA’s most consistent finisher so far in 2011. Mirra sits just three points behind Travis Hanson for second place in the overall point standings.  Mirra has a long resume of experience at Olympus having run in the event since 2008. He’ll need to draw on that experience to overtake the steadiness of Team Hanson. Mirra has sniffed at an overall event win. Last year he earned his first ever podium finish at Olympus.  This year Mirra was second at Sno*Drift and third at 100 Acre Wood so he’s close to a win that could put him in the overall Rally America championship lead after Olympus.

ESPN and Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) series organizer RallyCross Management have reached an exclusive agreement for the inaugural race series to receive coverage across ESPN’s multiple media platforms.  The first race of the series kicks off at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, Calif. March 25-26, 2011, with two additional races at Old Mill Rally Park in Snoqualmie, Wash. and Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo.

Following the success of rally events at ESPN’s X Games, including the first X Games RallyCross competition at last summer’s X Games 16, the GRC series will be distributed on a tape-delayed basis domestically in the U.S. on ESPN and ESPN2 and to more than 100 countries through international network distribution.  ESPN3.com will provide live coverage on the 24/7 live broadband sports network and on ESPN Mobile TV. Additionally, original web-exclusive content will be created for digital distribution across non-linear ESPN platforms throughout the social media landscape, including ESPN and X Games official Facebook pages.

“ESPN is thrilled to have the Global RallyCross Championship exclusively on our services around the world,” said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president of programming and Global X Games. “We look forward to working with RallyCross Management and bringing together world-class drivers and manufacturers to showcase this exciting form of motorsports racing to ESPN audiences around the world.”

Three-time X Games rally gold medalist Tanner Foust, said, “RallyCross has huge potential in the U.S. and is almost the perfect spectator motorsport with the whole track visible from one seat, insane racecars that are pushing, shoving, sliding sideways and jumping.  The added bonus of ESPN’s involvement brings in a lot of the stars from the X Games, and anyone who’s ever seen the X Games understands what ESPN is capable of doing for action sports.”

2011 Global RallyCross Championship Schedule

Races Race Dates / Telecast Dates Network Time (ET)
Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, Calif.
March 25-26 / April 17 ESPN2 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
OldMill Rally Park
Snoqualmie, Wash.
April 15-16 / May 14 ESPN 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Pikes PeakInternational Raceway
Fountain, Colo.
June 17-18 / June 25 ESPN 9-10 p.m.

Top teams and drivers will be drawn from the U.S. and European RallyCross championships, including past X Games rally competitors. RallyCross combines the best aspects of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition to deliver intense, crowd-pleasing action in a variety of diverse fan-friendly environments. Featuring as many as six drivers lining up to start at once, competitors will pilot modified high-horsepower compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, off-camber turns, hills and transitions between pavement and gravel.

More information on Global RallyCross Championship can be found on www.global-rallycross.com.

Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard have won the 2011 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood after a flawless drive from start to end. L’Estage set a blistering pace early on, winning ten of the event’s fifteen special stages and finishing 17.7 seconds ahead of international rally ace David Higgins. This victory was a particularly sweet one for L’Estage, who celebrated his birthday on Saturday, the second and final day of the rally.

Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew placed second overall, netting their first points of the season and keeping pressure on L’Estage as they gave chase for the duration of rally. Higgins’ Subaru teammate Dave Mirra rounded out the podium by maintaining third overall through most of the event with a solid drive. This is the second consecutive podium finish of the season for Mirra and co-driver Marshall Clarke, who are coming into their own after only two events together.