Andrew Comrie-Picard Earns a Bronze Medal at X Games 16
Saturday night at the Coliseum in Los Angeles at the X Games 16 turned out to be a challenging time for the rally drivers and an exciting one for the fans. Alongside Andrew Comrie-Picard
in the competition were eleven other drivers, including Kenny Brack, Dave Mirra, Tanner Foust and Travis Pastrana. Comrie-Picard lent his Mitsubishi Evolution X to Samuel Hubinette, his Formula D teammate.
In the X Games rally course, drivers competed head-to-head, two at a time, in a course that combined street racing, off-road racing, and drifting, taking place on both dirt and paved roads.
Between a difficult course with several tight turns, steep hills, and the fact that no drivers were able to practice the course, it became obvious that ESPN's decision to replace the traditional navigator in the passenger seat with an ESPN commentator was a frustrating change for the drivers. Many ended up disqualified after becoming disoriented on the course.
To add to the challenges all of the drivers faced, Andrew Comrie-Picard and his team members had one more challenge to overcome. A day before they were set to compete in the X Games, they blew their high-spec turbo and were forced to compete with a 40mm intake restrictor and a stock Mitsubishi turbo amongst the rival teams who were competing with 45mm intake restrictors and 200hp more than ACP Racing.
All of the difficulties didn't stop Comrie-Picard, who said, "Actually all the pressure and complexities that this year threw at us were probably a good thing. We didn't have time to think about anything else, so when race day came, we just went for it. X Games is all about putting it out there, and that's exactly what we did." Despite all of the chaos and confusion, Andrew Comrie-Picard drove his Mitsubishi Evolution all the way to a bronze medal!
You can watch a video of ACP from OctaneReport.com
talking about this year's event, as well as some clips of practice runs around the dirt course here
and you can see a video of Andrew talking about what components make his car rally ready here
Comrie-Picard stated, "You work with what you have. We'll be back next year with all the game we can muster, and we'll be in it for the gold."
* Some photos courtesy of Chris Walker