Block Announces All-New Racecar For Upcoming 2018 Stage Rally Action

Ken Block is pleased to announce an all-new (to him) racecar to his arsenal of racecars at Hoonigan Racing Division: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group A rally car—complete with an upgraded WRC engine package!
Ken Block is pleased to announce an all-new (to him) racecar to his arsenal of racecars at Hoonigan Racing Division: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group A rally car—complete with an upgraded WRC engine package!
Ken Block is pleased to announce an all-new (to him) racecar to his arsenal of racecars at Hoonigan Racing Division: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group A rally car—complete with an upgraded WRC engine package!
Ken Block is pleased to announce an all-new (to him) racecar to his arsenal of racecars at Hoonigan Racing Division: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group A rally car—complete with an upgraded WRC engine package!
Ken Block is pleased to announce an all-new (to him) racecar to his arsenal of racecars at Hoonigan Racing Division: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group A rally car—complete with an upgraded WRC engine package!

PARK CITY, UT: Ken Block is pleased to announce an all-new (to him) racecar to his arsenal of racecars at Hoonigan Racing Division: a 1991 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group A rally car—complete with an upgraded WRC engine package!

Block recently took delivery of his new racecar and immediately got to breaking it in with a bit of tire smoke during a quick test and was extremely pleased with the results. His plan is to race this Escort RS Cosworth on a few gravel stage rallies around the world next year, along with occasionally piloting a Ford Fiesta R5 also. In addition to these plans, Block and Hoonigan plan to bring Gymkhana GRID back to America for a few events, along with continuing to work with Monster Energy to put on GRID events in Europe.

“While just yesterday we announced that myself and my team were done racing in World RX after this season, we also mentioned that I was intending on heading back out into the woods to do some stage rallies in 2018. This car here [Block’s new Escort] is one of the vehicles I plan on racing on gravel stage rallies and I’m very excited about it. I’ve always loved these cars and my team director, Derek Dauncey, finally found one for me that fit the exact specifications of what I was looking for. I'm stoked about it and I'm really looking forward to racing this beast!"

Block's 1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth is a properly sorted—and clean—example of a 90s era Ford World Rally Championship racecar. The car features an upgraded 1997 WRC engine (turbocharged 2.0-liter producing 400 hp and 405 lb/ft in current trim, lightweight alloy block vs. the original steel block, head and block have been modified to run higher horsepower) mated to a 7-speed sequential gearbox, features a side-exit exhaust (for tarmac setups) and comes with options for both gravel and tarmac suspension setups.

Block’s race schedule for next year will be announced in early 2018.

Ford Performance And Hoonigan Racing Division Make Decision To End World Rx Championship Program

Ford Performance and Hoonigan Racing Division have made the decision to stop competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship effective at the end of the 2017 season.

PARK CITY, UTAH: The below is a press release sent out by Ford Performance in regards to the future of the factory supported Focus RS RX rallycross program with Hoonigan Racing Division that has been taking place in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

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DEARBORN, MICHIGAN, OCTOBER 4, 2017 – Ford Performance and Hoonigan Racing Division have made the decision to stop competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship effective at the end of the 2017 season, it was announced today.

Block’s relationship with Ford and Ford Performance will continue as it has since 2010, with Block competing in various motorsport and Gymkhana events around the world. Block will also continue to produce his award-winning Gymkhana videos, as well as additional digital content, as he continues to act as a global ambassador for the Ford brand.

“Although we have thoroughly enjoyed competing in the exciting FIA World Rallycross Championship, it’s a natural time for us to take a break as the future of the series takes shape,” said Dave Pericak, Global Director of Ford Performance. “To continue in WRX would have required the development of a new race car, and with so much discussion happening around the future of rallycross from a powertrain package standpoint, it made sense for us to pause until it’s better defined. Rest assured, we remain absolutely committed to hot hatches and all things performance and think rallycross has a bright future.”

“Both myself and Ford Performance have learned a lot from this program,” said Block. “While we both would like to continue with the effort, it simply doesn’t add up at this point. Aspects of the sport are up in the air for the future, so putting a lot more money into developing a new racecar to try to battle for the championship title just doesn't make sense right now. It’s certainly disappointing, but that’s how the economics of motorsports go sometimes.”

"As for Andreas [Bakkerud], he put in a tremendous effort to try and bring home a title with us. He’s one of the most talented drivers I’ve ever worked with and I’m honored to have been able to have him as my teammate. I’m fully confident that he’s going to be snatched up by one of the other teams in the World RX paddock as soon as the news gets out that he’s available for the 2018 season — and I’m looking forward to shipping him a bottle of champagne when he finally brings home a championship for himself.”

“Andreas is absolutely a talented driver, and a class act in the paddock,” said Pericak. “Though we will not be supporting his program next year, we wish the best for him. The team that picks him up will be lucky to have him.”

The news comes after nearly two seasons with Block and Bakkerud driving the Focus RS RX in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

“Both Ford and my entire Hoonigan Racing Division team put in a tremendous effort and I want to them thank them for the hard-fought battles these last two seasons. I truly appreciate it,” said Block.

The Hoonigan Racing Division Focus RS RX racecars will be used for displays and demos, but will not be made available for sale based on pre-existing agreements with Ford Performance.

Climbkhana – Presented By Toyo Tires: The Next Evolution Of Ken Block’S Award Winning Gymkhana Series. A Film Of Man Vs. Mountain. 14,000 Feet Vs. A 1400 Twin-Turbo, Methanol-Fueled Horsepower Machine

Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.
Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.
Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.
Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.
Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.

PIKES PEAK, COLORADO: Climbkhana presented by Toyo Tires, is the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all-new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on unique roads around the world. To kick off this new series, Ken Block chose what is arguably one of the most famous roads out there: The Pikes Peak Highway outside Colorado Springs, CO.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the most well known hill climb in the world, Billed as America’s second oldest, continually running race (the Indianapolis 500 is first), it’s also one of the first places Block ever raced in his career.

“When I was young, I caught the The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on TV once or twice,” said Block. “Even as a kid I remember dreaming about racing there some day because it looked so epic. Eventually I did, back in 2005, but it was in a Group N rally car which didn’t have much power up in that high and thin air! It was an underwhelming experience because of the horsepower issue, but I loved the road and mountain - and I had always wanted to go back and do it right. So, to drive it like I get to drive in my Gymkhana videos - and do it in the Hoonicorn with 1,400 horsepower - well, that truly is a dream come true!"

For Block, filming Climbkhana at Pikes Peak was a unique opportunity. While the road closes once a year for the Hill Climb, no one has ever been given the access to turn the landmark location into a playground. For production duties, Block once again brought his long-time friend and business partner at Hoonigan, Brian Scotto, to direct, but they also added a new face to the Hoonigan Media Machine formula: Eight-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion and Radical Media Director Jeff Zwart.

“I have raced at Pikes Peak for 16 years and through the years I thought I had seen everything, but to witness Ken’s skills on basically my home mountain and get to direct him at the same time, it was truly something amazing,” explains Jeff Zwart, Climbkhana’s co-director. “Nothing but respect for him and his whole team, both on the racing side and production side!”

To tackle the extreme elevation gains experienced along the way up Pikes Peak, Block knew that he needed more horsepower for his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR. So, Hoonicorn V2 was born. A 1,400 horsepower, twin-turbo, methanol-fueled machine that lights up its sticky Toyo Proxes R888R tires in every corner and properly updates the infamous build made famous in Gymkhana SEVEN, Wild in the Streets Los Angeles. Unfortunately, extreme engine builds and altitudes can prove challenging. Block and his crew experienced multiple production setbacks, having to go to the mountain on three separate occasions over 12 months due to both weather and development issues to be able to finish the film.

“This car is insane,” said Block. “I feel it genuinely wants to kill me! Before we added the twin turbos, it was the most fun car I’ve ever driven. Now it’s still quite fun to drive, but it melts tires ridiculously quick. To have this thing be such a beast and then take it to this very dangerous mountain, well, I thought I’d maybe finally taken on a project that might be too much for me to handle. This is the most powerful AWD-type car in the world to be driven this way, so I’m genuinely glad I didn’t die making this video!"

Toyo Proxes R888R tires deliver the enhanced grip and stability Block needs when maneuvering the 1,400-horsepower Hoonicorn V2 around the famous curves of Pikes Peak. Learn more about the Proxes R888R DOT competition tire and find a dealer at toyotires.com/tires/competition-tires.

The film was produced by Hoonigan Media Machine and premiered last night at The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. It is presented by Toyo Tires, Ford and Pennzoil. To watch it now, click the link above.

Ken Block Tests 1,400 Horsepower Hoonicorn V2

In preparation for the launch of his all-new video project, Climbkhana, on Monday, September 25th, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has shared never-before-seen footage of him testing his twin turbo'd 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2 in Colorado prior to filming at Pikes Peak.

PARK CITY, UTAH - In preparation for the launch of his all-new video project, Climbkhana, on Monday, September 25th, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has shared never-before-seen footage of him testing his twin turbo'd 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2 in Colorado prior to filming at Pikes Peak. See Block talk all about it and witness the absolute insanity that is 1,400 methanol-powered horses shredding tires at all four corners right here.

Ken Block And Pennzoil Synthetics Introduce Terrakhana - A Gymkhana Spinoff Series Brings Gymkhana To The Dirt

Terrakhana is Ken Block’s second spinoff from his hugely successful Gymkhana franchise of videos (the first being Climbkhana, which drops in September), where he will now take the style of driving he performs in his Gymkhana videos and bring it to massive areas of natural landscapes, aka “terra.”
Terrakhana is Ken Block’s second spinoff from his hugely successful Gymkhana franchise of videos (the first being Climbkhana, which drops in September), where he will now take the style of driving he performs in his Gymkhana videos and bring it to massive areas of natural landscapes, aka “terra.”
Terrakhana is Ken Block’s second spinoff from his hugely successful Gymkhana franchise of videos (the first being Climbkhana, which drops in September), where he will now take the style of driving he performs in his Gymkhana videos and bring it to massive areas of natural landscapes, aka “terra.”
Terrakhana is Ken Block’s second spinoff from his hugely successful Gymkhana franchise of videos (the first being Climbkhana, which drops in September), where he will now take the style of driving he performs in his Gymkhana videos and bring it to massive areas of natural landscapes, aka “terra.”
Terrakhana is Ken Block’s second spinoff from his hugely successful Gymkhana franchise of videos (the first being Climbkhana, which drops in September), where he will now take the style of driving he performs in his Gymkhana videos and bring it to massive areas of natural landscapes, aka “terra.”

PARK CITY, UT: Terrakhana is Ken Block’s second spinoff from his hugely successful Gymkhana franchise of videos (the first being Climbkhana, which drops in September), where he will now take the style of driving he performs in his Gymkhana videos and bring it to massive areas of natural landscapes, aka “terra.”

For his first-ever Terrakhana, Block and Pennzoil headed to southern Utah to visit an area known as Swing Arm City. The location has been a favorite vacation spot of Block and his family and was first in his mind for places to go and apply his concept of an all-terrain Gymkhana project.

“It’s funny, because I’ve wanted to do other variations of Gymkhana like Climbkhana and Terrakhana for years now,” said Block. “Gymkhana started for me because I was looking to practice my rally driving skills in a more affordable way in-between races. That then grew into this much bigger thing, but it always stemmed from me wanting to have fun in cars. And, if I’m being perfectly honest, the most fun for me is out on dirt and gravel! You can imagine how stoked I was to learn Pennzoil shared this vision. It’s how I got started in racing and the gravel sections of our rallycross races are always my favorite. So, to be able to finally go and do a proper Gymkhana-style video with one of my cars but on dirt is one of those dream-come-true situations for me.”

For Terrakhana, the harsh conditions of the Utah desert (average temperature during filming was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit) were the perfect test bed for Block to run Pennzoil Synthetics under maximum load and put them to the test. The film speaks to the results.

Also on board for directing, production and editing was Hoonigan Media Machine, an off-shoot of Hoonigan Industries. The video was directed by Brian Scotto, the Creative Director of almost all of the Gymkhana video series, Director of the hugely successful Gymkhana NINE video, as well as other major Hoonigan Media Machine video projects.

#Hrdwifeybronco, Ken Block's Anniversary Gift To His Wife

While a 13th wedding anniversary may not be officially "the fully restored and modified 1974 Ford Bronco" anniversary, it is in the Block household.

A year-long project build that was handled by NSB Performance in Edgewater, Florida, Block's wife's Bronco is't your normal 1974 model. Fully frame-off restored, the truck features a slew of upgrades. Ford Performance supplied a 5.0l Coyote crate V8 as well as transmission, National Parts Depot supplied a lot of replacement panels, and Toyo Tires and fifteen52 supplied the tire/wheel combo for this rig.
While a 13th wedding anniversary may not be officially "the fully restored and modified 1974 Ford Bronco" anniversary, it is in the Block household.

A year-long project build that was handled by NSB Performance in Edgewater, Florida, Block's wife's Bronco is't your normal 1974 model. Fully frame-off restored, the truck features a slew of upgrades. Ford Performance supplied a 5.0l Coyote crate V8 as well as transmission, National Parts Depot supplied a lot of replacement panels, and Toyo Tires and fifteen52 supplied the tire/wheel combo for this rig.

While a 13th wedding anniversary may not be officially "the fully restored and modified 1974 Ford Bronco" anniversary, it is in the Block household.

A year-long project build that was handled by NSB Performance in Edgewater, Florida, Block's wife's Bronco isn't your normal 1974 model. Fully frame-off restored, the truck features a slew of upgrades. Ford Performance supplied a 5.0l Coyote crate V8 as well as transmission, National Parts Depot supplied a lot of replacement panels, and Toyo Tires and fifteen52 supplied the tire/wheel combo for this rig.

The goal was to build the ultimate around-town and on-trail Park City truck for his wife in the summers. Based on her reaction upon seeing it, it's safe to assume he achieved that.

In addition to the Bronco, Block also gave his wife a Ford Fiesta R2 rally car built by M-Sport. Why the rally car? Because in addition to having great taste in classic trucks, Block's wife also enjoys racing stage rally (she's done 7 to-date) and the couple look forward to racing at a few in the U.S. in 2018.

Block Heads To Moab With Saxx For A Camping Adventure

Recently, Ken Block and his family embarked on a weekend camping trip to Utah's well-known Moab area. Loading up all of his toys (three Can-Am Maverick units, two tricked out with custom handbrakes and a handful of Specialized mountain bikes), he and his family climbed into an Earth Roamer (check them out here: www.earthroamer.com) that he had on loan and headed down.
Recently, Ken Block and his family embarked on a weekend camping trip to Utah's well-known Moab area. Loading up all of his toys (three Can-Am Maverick units, two tricked out with custom handbrakes and a handful of Specialized mountain bikes), he and his family climbed into an Earth Roamer (check them out here: www.earthroamer.com) that he had on loan and headed down.
Recently, Ken Block and his family embarked on a weekend camping trip to Utah's well-known Moab area. Loading up all of his toys (three Can-Am Maverick units, two tricked out with custom handbrakes and a handful of Specialized mountain bikes), he and his family climbed into an Earth Roamer (check them out here: www.earthroamer.com) that he had on loan and headed down.
Recently, Ken Block and his family embarked on a weekend camping trip to Utah's well-known Moab area. Loading up all of his toys (three Can-Am Maverick units, two tricked out with custom handbrakes and a handful of Specialized mountain bikes), he and his family climbed into an Earth Roamer (check them out here: www.earthroamer.com) that he had on loan and headed down.
Recently, Ken Block and his family embarked on a weekend camping trip to Utah's well-known Moab area. Loading up all of his toys (three Can-Am Maverick units, two tricked out with custom handbrakes and a handful of Specialized mountain bikes), he and his family climbed into an Earth Roamer (check them out here: www.earthroamer.com) that he had on loan and headed down.
Recently, Ken Block and his family embarked on a weekend camping trip to Utah's well-known Moab area. Loading up all of his toys (three Can-Am Maverick units, two tricked out with custom handbrakes and a handful of Specialized mountain bikes), he and his family climbed into an Earth Roamer (check them out here: www.earthroamer.com) that he had on loan and headed down.

Recently, Ken Block and his family embarked on a weekend camping trip to Utah's well-known Moab area. Loading up all of his toys (three Can-Am Maverick units, two tricked out with custom handbrakes and a handful of Specialized mountain bikes), he and his family climbed into an Earth Roamer (check them out here: www.earthroamer.com) that he had on loan and headed down.

Once in Moab, Block and his family rendezvoused with SAXX Underwear for a product photoshoot, as well as with fellow SAXX brand ambassador and Specialized professional downhill mountain biker, Kyle Norbraten, for some riding sprinkled in between getting product shots.

A favorite vacation destination for Block and his family, this year's Moab trip didn't disappoint. See some of the highlights here, in SAXX's video.

And, for more detail, check out the article on the trip by Gear Patrol: https://gearpatrol.com/2017/06/21/meet-ken-block/

Andreas Bakkerud Brings Home Third Consecutive World Rx Podium During Sweden Rx, Fourth Podium Finish Of The Season

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud took 2nd overall this past weekend at World RX Sweden, making it his third event in a row with a podium (having finished 2nd in Norway and 3rd in the UK), bringing his total podium finish tally to four for the season. The 2nd overall this weekend also marked the fifth year in a row that Bakkeurd has made the podium during the Sweden round, an impressive statistic given the depth of talent in the racing field.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud took 2nd overall this past weekend at World RX Sweden, making it his third event in a row with a podium (having finished 2nd in Norway and 3rd in the UK), bringing his total podium finish tally to four for the season. The 2nd overall this weekend also marked the fifth year in a row that Bakkeurd has made the podium during the Sweden round, an impressive statistic given the depth of talent in the racing field.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud took 2nd overall this past weekend at World RX Sweden, making it his third event in a row with a podium (having finished 2nd in Norway and 3rd in the UK), bringing his total podium finish tally to four for the season. The 2nd overall this weekend also marked the fifth year in a row that Bakkeurd has made the podium during the Sweden round, an impressive statistic given the depth of talent in the racing field.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud took 2nd overall this past weekend at World RX Sweden, making it his third event in a row with a podium (having finished 2nd in Norway and 3rd in the UK), bringing his total podium finish tally to four for the season. The 2nd overall this weekend also marked the fifth year in a row that Bakkeurd has made the podium during the Sweden round, an impressive statistic given the depth of talent in the racing field.

HÖLJES, SWEDEN: Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud took 2nd overall this past weekend at World RX Sweden, making it his third event in a row with a podium (having finished 2nd in Norway and 3rd in the UK), bringing his total podium finish tally to four for the season. The 2nd overall this weekend also marked the fifth year in a row that Bakkeurd has made the podium during the Sweden round, an impressive statistic given the depth of talent in the racing field.

The track in Sweden happens to be the favorite of the entire race calendar for both HRD drivers, and Bakkerud and Block proved that, putting down fast times both in practice as well as during their Qualifying Races. During Q2 on Saturday, Block held the record for the fastest race lap of the circuit - unfortunately he only held that record for roughly 10 minutes as a driver in the next race of that Qualifier beat him by a few tenths - proving that he and his Focus RS RX possessed the speed, although unfortunately not the luck, required to make it to the podium.

Both HRD drivers did well in their respective Qualifying Races, with both advancing into the Semi Finals (Bakkerud sitting 4th overall and Block sitting 9th overall). In the Semis, Block narrowly missed advancing to the Final with a 4th overall finish in Semi Final 1. Bakkeurd put down an absolutely blistering Semi Final 2, winning it and advancing to the front row of the starting grid in the Final in P2.

For the Final, Bakkerud was in 2nd overall the entirety of the race, deftly fighting off attacks from the rest of the field throughout all six laps.

“I’m really, really happy to be back on the podium here in Sweden again,” said Bakkerud. “To do so five times here is a major accomplishment, and I’m glad we were able to do it, especially since so many of my Bakkerud Blue fans made the trip to this race! A big thank you to the entire team for their effort this weekend, I’m glad we were able to bring home another trophy for the third round in a row. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going in Canada next month!”

With the 2nd overall finish, Bakkerud moves up in the overall Driver Championship points standings, sitting 5th overall just 1 point behind Sebastien Loeb with 5 events to go.

The next round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship takes place in Canada, August 5th and 6th.

Andreas Bakkerud Nabs Second Overall In World Rx Norway, His Third Podium Of The 2017 Championship, Plus The Monster Energy Super Charge Award

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).

HELL, NORWAY: This past weekend saw Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud return to Hell, Norway, for Round 6 of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship. Hell is where Block made his World RX debut in 2014 (an event which he took 3rd overall) and is Andreas’ home event (which he won last season with a full sweep).

This year saw the duo return with their Ford Focus RS RX rallycross cars and demonstrate their fastest pace of the season thus far. Both drivers had a solid outing during Saturday’s Q1 and Q2 races with Bakkerud winning his Q2 race. The pair ended the day sitting 2nd (Bakkerud) and 10th (Block) overall heading into Sunday’s racing. 

Sunday saw Bakkerud win both his Q3 and Q4 races, with Block also having successful results. After four rounds of Qualifying races, the two found themselves sitting 1st overall (Bakkerud) and 6th overall (Block) heading into their respective Semi Finals, a best-ever result after the Qualifier races for Hoonigan Racing Division.

Bakkerud continued his hot streak for Sunday, winning his Semi Final and earning P1 on the starting grid of the Final. Block unfortunately narrowly missed making the Final, despite having an epic pass during the last lap of his Semi Final against Renis Nittis in a move up into 4th.

The Final saw Bakkerud first off the line (earning him the Monster Energy Super Charge award, a trophy given out to the driver with the fastest reaction time off of the starting line in the Final) and leading after Lap 1. However he lost the lead during Lap 2 and finished out the next five laps where he’d finish the event: 2nd overall.

“I’m really happy to be back on the podium here at home in Norway,” said Bakkerud. “It’s been a tough season for us so far and I’m very glad that I was able to find good pace with the car here at my home event. I was really hoping I’d be able to repeat my win from last year, but Johan [Kristoffersson] just barely got ahead of me with his second lap Joker and that was that. Overall I’m happy though, it’s always great to be on the podium in Norway with all of my Bakkerud Blue fans and I’m stoked for our team, the boys have put in a lot of work to help us be fast this weekend, we couldn’t have done it without them.”

The next round of action for both of the HRD drivers will be in Sweden in three weekends for Round 7 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Andreas Bakkerud Earns Hoonigan Racing’S 2nd Podium Of The Year In Challenging World Rx Of England

HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.
HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.

LYDDEN HILL, UK: This past weekend, HRD’s Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud had their best race weekend of the 2017 World RX Championship to-date, during Round 5 at Lydden Hill in the U.K.

Both drivers showed excellent pace throughout the course of the entire weekend, posting well in both practice on Saturday, as well as during their respective Q1 and Q2 races that day. Block in particular had an exciting Q2 race, mixing it up with 9-time WRC Champion Sebastien Loeb much to the delight of the crowd. At the end of Saturday, Bakkerud headed into Sunday’s racing sitting 4th overall and Block tied for 6th with Loeb.

Sunday’s racing saw both drivers still on the same quick pace, with both easily making it into the Semi-Finals. Unfortunately, both of the HRD drivers were in the same Semi, making the chances of both advancing slightly more difficult. In the end, Bakkerud nabbed 2nd in their Semi with Block narrowly missing out on 3rd. Despite missing the final, the result was Block’s best finish of the season, ending the event 7th overall.

Bakkerud then started in the Final on row 2, directly behind Pole and ran a blisteringly quick race, which he finished 3rd overall and earning himself his second podium of the season (Bakkerud had previously taken 3rd during Round 1 in Barcelona). With the results of the weekend, both HRD drivers now sit 6th (Bakkerud) and 7th (Block) overall in the Championship standings.

“I’m stoked that Andreas was able to land on the podium again,” said Block. “I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to join him since I was having a pretty good weekend out here at Lydden in terms of my pace and speed, but that’s how it goes some weekends. We've struggled a bit to find the right setups this season so far and I think we’ve finally got things going in the right direction, as shown by the results here at Lydden. We’re both looking forward to Norway however, as it’s one of our favorite tracks of the season and I think it favors our cars more than some of the other tracks.”

The next round of action sees the HRD drivers heading to Hell, Norway, in two weeks, a track where Bakkerud had a clean sweep last year. Be sure to tune in and see if he’s able to do so again in 2017.