Ken Block Puts On Solid Performance At Worldrx France

Sept 8th, 2014, Loheác, France: For his second-ever World Rallycross appearance, HRD’s Ken Block headed to the town of Loheác, France, for the championship’s biggest event. With more than 70,000 fans in attendance, it marks one of the biggest-ever crowds that Block has driven in front of.
 
Saturday’s Day 1 practice and heats saw Block demonstrate excellent form, setting the fastest lap time in practice, as well as winning both of his heats. Unfortunately, due to a slight bit of confusion during heat 1, Block mistakingly did not take the joker, earning himself a 30 second penalty. Despite the setback though, Block’s heat win and overall time from heat 2 allowed him to head into Sunday’s heats 13th overall, just one place away from making it into the semi-final top 12. With two decent heats on Sunday morning, Block found himself in a highly competitive afternoon semi-final, where he finished 3rd and landed a space in the final.
 
For the final, Block drove well, despite having to start from the back of the grid, working his way to 4th overall. In addition to finishing 4th, Block also set the single-fastest lap of the weekend in the final, a 0:36.9.
 
“This was definitely a tough event for me,” said Block. “I drove really well on both days, despite a few hiccups. The competition here was very tough, but I had a great time here in France this weekend. The sheer size of the crowd was wild and the French fans are very passionate about their motorsports, so that was great to experience. I really wanted to get another podium finish here in World Rallycross, but I’m still pleased with 4th overall on the weekend.”
 
Block’s next competitive event is in Los Angeles, CA, for the Global Rallycross doubleheader weekend, September 20th and 21st.

World Rx France: Block Returns To Worldrx

Ken Block returned to WorldRX action for his second outing this season, entering into the French round of the 2014 calendar in Loheác, France.

Ken Block returned to WorldRX action for his second outing this season, entering into the French round of the 2014 calendar in Loheác, France.

Despite having never raced in Loheác previously, Block ended up being the quickest driver (of 37 supercar entries) during the open practice session on the start of Saturday. Building upon that speed, Block also won his first heat and his second heat. However, Block missed the joker lap during his first heat and was awarded a 30 second penalty. The reason that Block missed the joker lap was that unfortunately, he was accustomed to the rallycross setup in Global Rallycross (the series where he’s competing in the full championship). In GRC, the flagger waves a white flag to indicate the final lap of a race, letting drivers know that if they haven’t taken the joker, they’ll need to do so on that last lap. In Loheác, there isn’t a final lap flag and instead just a small sign hung on the inside of the final corner. Due to this discrepancy in setup, Block thought he had another lap to take the joker. Even with that setback however, Block’s second heat win allowed him to finish 13th overall leading into Sunday. That positioning puts him right on the bubble of breaking into the top 12 and thus into the semi-finals.

Block will continue today in heats 3 and 4 as he attempts to move from 13th overall into the top 12. To see if he can do it, follow along at the WorldRX livestream: http://www.rallycrossrx.com/livestream

Ken Block Returns To World Rallycross Competition In Loheác, France

Ken Block and Petter Solberg on podium at FIA World Rallycross Championship 2014 in Hell, Norway

SEPT 5th, LOHEÁC, FRANCE: This weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block returns to World RallyCross competition, entering into the biggest event of the season in Loheác, France. There, he’ll be going door-to-door with some of the best international rallycross racers in the world, including current championship points leader, and former WRC champion, Petter Solberg.

Block has had a great season so far. As he seeks to make the podium once again in World RX, some quick stats on his 2014 season at the midway point:

  • Currently ranked 2nd overall in Global Rallycross after 6 of 10 events
  • Won GRC Charlotte and made podium in New York and Daytona
  • Currently tied as best overall qualifier in GRC with series leader Piquet Jr.
  • Took 3rd overall at WorldRX Norway (his debut WorldRX event)
  • Won his only stage rally of the year so far (Rally America’s 100 Acre Wood)
  • Starred in Castrol’s viral video “Footkhana” with Neymar Jr. (16+ million views)

Ken Block Brings Home 2nd Place At Grc Daytona And Moves Into 2nd Place Overall In The Championship

Aug 25th, 2014, Daytona, FL: Following a win the last time he was out at a Global Rallycross race, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block came into Daytona International Speedway and put down an extremely impressive display of driving ability, coming away from the event with a hard-earned 2nd overall.

Friday afternoon’s two heats saw Block take 2nd place in his first heat and then a very commanding 1st place in his second heat. Based on his results on Friday, as well as how the rest of the field finished, Block set himself up well for Saturday morning’s semi-finals.

Saturday found Block starting P1 in the second semi-final. Unfortunately, coming around turn three while in first place, Block ended up getting spun out by fellow Ford driver, Nelson Piquet Jr., which sent him to the back of the field (Piquet Jr. was penalized a lap later with a stop-and-go penalty). This setback sent Block into the Last Chance Qualifier, which saw the H.H.I.C. put on a dominating performance to take first place—while completing the last two laps on only three wheels due to a flat tire on the right rear of the car and still managing to holding off the rest of the field—moving him into the third row of the final grid.

For the final, Block had a solid launch and by the end of turn three on the first lap, had fought through traffic and worked his way into 2nd overall. Through the course of 8 laps, Block opened up the gap between himself and the rest of the field, all while closing in on the 1st overall spot. Unfortunately for him, he ran out of laps before that could happen.

“I had a great race weekend out here in Daytona,” said Block. “Despite the heat and humidity, I really enjoyed myself. This was a tough race simply because of the temperatures, but it was definitely a rewarding finish. I was really upset about being spun out by Piquet [Nelson Piquet Jr.], in my semi, but fortunately I had an amazing LCQ, despite having to navigate a very sketchy 100+ mph turn on only three wheels! My plan for the final was simply to get a great launch and try to do something amazing, which I think I pulled off. If I’d only had another lap or two I think I could have overtaken Rhys [Millen] and won this thing. Either way, I’m stoked on the finish.”

The podium finish for Block makes this his third in a row for Global Rallycross races and his fourth out of five Rallycross starts (3rd in WorldRX Norway, 3rd in GRC New York, 1st in GRC Charlotte, 2nd in GRC Daytona).

Block’s next competitive event is in Loheác, France, for WorldRX France on September 7th.

Block Dominates Global Rallycross Charlotte

July 27th, 2014, Charlotte NC: Coming off of a podium finish last week at GRC New York, Ken Block stormed into Charlotte this past weekend focused on one thing: Taking first place. And he did so, masterfully dominating the entire weekend at the track.

Block qualified first overall on Friday afternoon, setting himself up nicely for his heats later that day. Block then took control of both heats, establishing himself as the man to beat on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track. By taking first in both of Friday night’s heats—as well as being the top qualifier that morning—Block headed into Saturday’s main events in solid position.

Saturday saw Block return to the dirt and continue to give lessons on being fast on a loose surface. Utilizing his skills acquired through years of stage rally racing, Block laid down a masterful performance on Saturday, winning his semi-final by four seconds and absolutely dominating the field in the final by taking the overall win by seven seconds.

“This was an awesome weekend of rallycross for myself,” said Block. “My team did an amazing job getting my Ford Fiesta ST RX43 ready for racing here on this track and it felt great to be racing on more gravel and dirt instead of mostly tarmac. I’m really at home on surfaces like this and I think it showed with both my results and how quickly we got car setup for this course. I’m absolutely stoked on winning here and it feels great to build on my podium finish last weekend in New York. Hopefully I can continue that trend when we hit Daytona next month and keep scoring points in this championship.”

In the modern era of Global Rallycross with the format now being qualifying, two rounds of heats, a semi-final and a final, Block is the first driver in the history of the sport to take first in all five aspects of the race weekend. With his win, Block moves up to 5th overall in the 2014 GRC points standings (only 9 points out of 3rd place) with five races left to go.

Block’s next event is this in Daytona, Florida, the weekend of August 23rd.

Ken Block Nabs Third At Global Rallycross New York

July 21st, 2014, New York, New York: Heading into the fourth round of the 2014 Global Rallycross Championship, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block was in search of his first podium of the season and looking to shake his string of bad luck thus far this season. Fortunately for Block, he found it, with a third overall podium finish.

After winning his two heats during Saturday’s racing, Block entered Sunday’s event sitting in a good position to advance to the finals. Taking second in his semi-final, he advanced to the final, sitting on the second row of the grid. However, the final had back-to-back red flags on the first two attempts to start the final. On the third attempt, the final was able to be completed, which saw Block sitting fourth overall once the racing was over. However, due to an illegal service performed on the #77 car (which had placed 2nd overall) during one of the red flag re-starts, that car was disqualified, moving Block up the ranks into 3rd overall and picking up 40 points in the championship standings in the process.

“This weekend’s race was interesting,” said Block. “Obviously we had two full re-starts during the final, which definitely throws off everyone’s rhythm a bit in terms of their racing, so that was unfortunate. And, while I didn’t finish where I wanted to, I’m glad that the officials got the calls right in the end and upheld the rulebook. I’m stoked about coming away from this event with my first podium of the season and I’m looking forward to racing again next weekend in Charlotte.”

Block’s next event is GRC Charlotte at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Be sure to tune in and watch on NBC Sports.

Ken Block Brings Gymkhana To Nagoya, Japan

For his second Monster Energy Gymkhana Experience event in Japan, Ken Block block brought his Ford Fiesta HFHV to the city of Nagoya to put on an unforgettable show including the Monster FMX team, drivers from Japan’s premiere drifting series (the D1 Grand Prix), helicopters, bears, and more. 

Kicking off the weekend with a slew of media ride-alongs (including drifting legend Keiichi Tsuchiya), Block then put down a smoky run through the Gymkhana course, followed by a drift competition between all the attending D1 Grand Prix drivers - the winner of which was to face Block in a Gymkhana race against the clock. It was Masato Kawabata (2013 D1 Champion) who made it to the final race - only to spin out both of his competitive runs, costing him the win.

The finale ended with Monster Energy’s freestyle motocross team throwing tricks over the “helicopter obstacle” (a Robinson R44 on concrete blocks), Block putting down a final Gymkhana run, and an autograph signing that filled the entire course with fans. 

Video coming soon - for now, enjoy the photos!

Ken Block Takes Third At His First-Ever World Rx Event

Hell, Norway: Making his World Rallycross Championship debut in Hell, Norway, this past weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block came away from his first-ever WorldRX round in third overall, sharing the podium with former WRC champion Petter Solberg and fellow Ford driver Reinis Nitiss.

Saturday’s first two rounds of heats had Block learning the all-new-to-him course, as well as adapting to the Norway-specific start timing system utilized by WorldRX at the event, which is a radically different style compared to the main series Block competes in, Global Rallycross. Despite the learning curve however, Block managed to win one of his two heats on Saturday, setting himself up to end the day 13th overall out of 36 entries.

Sunday morning, Block continued to show his skill and ability to learn quickly by taking 2nd in his third heat. He placed 5th in his fourth and final heat and ended the heats of day 2 set up in 8th overall and solidly into the semi-finals. During the battle of Block’s semi-final, he achieved a third place finish, which put him into the final on the back row. From there, Block drove like a man possessed, taking the joker lap right off the start and battling the entire way with a highly competitive field to come away with a podium-placing third overall in the final.

“I’m unbelievably stoked to come way from this event with third overall,” said Block. “This was my first time racing in this style of European rallycross event and I really enjoyed it. The level of competition here is great and the track was excellent. It was a really enjoyable course with a ton of elevation changes, but it was also super challenging—especially when you look at some of the guys I was driving against, like Petter [Solberg]! Based on this experience, I’m definitely looking forward to coming back and competing in France in September.”

In addition to placing third overall in the race, Block also took first place in the European Rally Championship, which was being run simultaneously during the WorldRX event and for which he took first overall out of 23 entries based on points earned in the four heats spread between Saturday and Sunday.

Block’s next racing event is next weekend at GRC Washington DC, back stateside and taking place on June 21st and 22nd in Washington DC at RFK Stadium.

Block Debuts New Shoes… That You Can Win!

If you've been wondering when you'd be able to win the first pair of Ken Block signature Keep-A-Breast DC driving shoes, wonder no longer. The time is now! Check the link below for the very first pair (out of 9 total) that are now up for auction! Yep, you can win the exact pair that Ken wore all through X Games by buying raffle tickets whose proceeds all go to a great cause. Get more details on the raffle, as well as purchase tickets at www.keep-a-breast.org/DCShoes.

Ken Block Collaborates With Keep A Breast In Support Of Breast Cancer Awareness

With Summer X Games 2014 about to begin, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce a collaboration between himself, Keep-A-Breast (best known for their “I Heart Boobies” campaigns) and DC Shoes with the goal of raising both awareness and money for Keep-A-Breast, a non-profit organization that helps young women who have been affected by breast cancer, as well as help raise awareness of the disease. Starting with X Games, Block will be wearing a special pair of pink DC Pro-Spec 3.0 shoes for each of his remaining Global Rallycross races this season. After each event, those shoes will go up for raffle on the Keep-A-Breast website where fans and supporters can enter for the chance to win the shoes. Every raffle ticket purchased will also enter fans into a final drawing at the end of the season for a grand prize which includes round-trip airfare and accommodations for a lucky fan to go meet Block as well as take a ride in his rallycross Ford Fiesta ST RX43. For more details, please see the DC Shoes press release below.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – June 5, 2014 – DC Shoes motorsports athlete Ken Block is partnering with The Keep A Breast Foundation to raise money through the auction of limited edition DC driving shoes.  The auction will be open to international supporters through keep-a-breast.org, driving global awareness of breast cancer.  

“DC Shoes and Ken Block have been long time supporters of The Keep A Breast Foundation,” said Shaney Jo Darden, founder of The Keep A Breast Foundation.  “We are so grateful for people like Ken who go the extra mile to support causes they believe in. This partnership is an authentic and inspiring way to give back and bring the rally car community together for something so meaningful.”

Block and DC Shoes worked with Keep A Breast to design the all-pink custom shoe, featuring the organizations “I Heart Boobies” mantra.  Block will wear one of the nine pairs at each of the remaining Global Rallycross race this year (kicking off with summer X Games in Austin, TX this weekend), with the worn pair being set for auction on keep-a-breast.org following the race.  Fans will have the opportunity to donate to Keep A Breast to gain raffle tickets for each GRC race.  One raffle ticket will be given for every $5 donation, offering an increased chance to win with a greater donation amount.

Following the final race of the series, all participants will have a chance to win the grand prize of a ride along with Block in his rally car.  The Global Rallycross race series schedule is as follows:

GRC X Games Austin      6/7/14

GRC Washington D.C.    6/22/14

GRC New York              7/20/14

GRC Charlotte              7/26/14

GRC Detroit                   8/3/14 

GRC Daytona               8/23/14

GRC Los Angeles          9/20/14

GRC Seattle                 9/27/14

GRC Las Vegas             11/5/14

"I'm really excited about this partnership between myself, DC Shoes and The Keep A Breast Foundation," said Block. "Keep A Breast is a great organization and their work is truly inspiring. They're offering programs and support for young women that have been impacted by breast cancer and are also making sure that they market themselves in a way that gets the attention of a younger generation, helping generate greater awareness. In my mind this partnership was a no-brainer for me and I'm glad that DC felt the same way and that we were able to put this program together. Hopefully these shoes help generate a lot of donations!"

The first pair of Ken Block x Keep A Breast driving shoes will be set for auction following X Games Austin on June 5.  Visit the DC Shoes Facebook page for further details on how to donate to win Block’s limited edition Keep A Breast driving shoe, and for the full auction schedule.  Fans can join the conversation on social media with #DCxKBxKeepABreast.