Rally racers competing at X Games 17 got their first taste of the large dirt jump on the rally course just across Staples Center and a few feet off Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. Since the two different rally events over the weekend (Rally Car today, Rally Cross tomorrow) will shut down a few of the streets around Staples Center and LA Live, this was the first chance many of the racers had the chance to test the ramp.

Last night after 9 p.m., rally teams made finals preps and drivers hopped in their cars. They took a quick turn and accelerated quickly into the jump. No one crashed or had trouble clearing the jump, but a few drivers did come up a little short and caused some anxious moments.


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Rally Car practice just wrapped up, with today’s final taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. Rally Car will pit two racers against each other in competition, with the fastest driver moving on. Tomorrow’s RallyCross race will be a little more chaotic, with four drivers on the course at the same time. It should be interesting.

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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.

Although it won’t come out until 2011, with all the recent excitement in the rally car world centered around last weekend’s X Games in LA (check out the story here), Codermasters Studios, the makers of the DiRT off-road video game franchise, has just released the official trailer for the game. The trailer video features WRC driver Ken Block racing through Kenya, Norway and Monaco, in a number of different weather climates, that concludes with an explosive finale.

Codemasters says DiRT 3 will boast more cars, more locations, more routes and more events than any other game in the series, including over 50 rally cars representing the very best from five decades of the sport. The first two games have features short-course off-road vehicles, but there’s no official word yet as to whether or not the new game will.