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Block Wins The Battle, Loses The War. Dominates Grc Vegas, Takes Second Overall In The 2014 Grc Championship.

Bringing the 2014 Global Rallycross Championship to a close, Hoonigan Racing Divison's Ken Block dominated the final race of the season in Las Vegas and brought home his second win of the year. 

Block, who was fastest in practice, won both of his heats, as well as taking his semi-final handily. He then seized control of the final, leading by a sizeable margin the entire race. He led every lap of every race of the event—complete domination.

Despite the dominating performance however, Block missed also taking the overall championship title by only 5 points. Going into the Vegas round, Block sat in second overall in the championship, just 12 points out of first. Through the heats and the final, Block closed that gap down to only 5 points but the series leader, fellow Ford driver Joni Wiman, finished the race right behind Block in second, helping fight off Block's attempt at snagging the championship title.

"It's a bittersweet win," said Block. "I drove my heart out today and did everything I could to win the championship title. My Ford Fiesta ran flawlessly and I definitely want to thank my team for helping keep me on top today. I've got one of the best motorsports teams in the world and given that we started the season with a lot of bad luck, it's awesome to be able to still finish it with a big season-ending win and a 2nd place championship trophy. I also want to thank Ford for their support all season long and also to congratulate them on their 4th consecutive GRC manufacturers championship. I’m stoked that I’ve been able to be a leading part of contributing to that title again this season.”

Block had a banner season in Global Rallycross during 2014, winning more heats than any other driver in the series as well consistently being the fastest qualifier. Block ends the season having won two races (Charlotte and Las Vegas) as well as grabbing a third in New York, a second in Daytona, a third in Los angeles 1 and a second in Los Angeles 2. In addition to the impressive group of finishes in GRC, Block also entered a handful of WorldRX rounds where he came away with a third place podium finish in his debut event during Norway RX and a fourth overall finish during France RX (an event where he also ended up setting the fastest lap of the entire event during competition).

Block’s next big event will be the global launch of Gymkhana SEVEN, coming later this month to The Hoonigan's YouTube channel.

Block’S On A Mission To Win The Grc Championship

BLOCK’S ON A MISSION TO WIN THE GRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Heading into the last day of the final round of the 2014 GRC season in Las Vegas today, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is currently sitting 2nd overall in the championship, only 11 points behind 1st.

Block has had a banner season, winning more heats than any other driver in the series, as well as being the fastest qualifier (on average). In addition to these stats, Block has also won one race (Charlotte), as well as racking up multiple podium finishes in New York, Charlotte, Daytona, Los Angeles 1 and Los Angeles 2. He’s also dabbled in WorldRX this season, making the podium during his debut in Norway (3rd overall), as well as setting the fastest lap of the event during the France round and finishing 4th overall.

Block led the GRC Championship into the 2nd-to-last round of Seattle, but lost the lead due to a small but costly mistake in the final. However, he’s charging in the final in Las Vegas already and feeling confident with only one goal on his mind: winning the race and bringing home the championship. Yesterday, he was fastest in practice, qualified 2nd, and won his heat. To see if he can succeed, be sure to tune in later today on the live stream here: http://live.redbull.tv/events/468/red-bull-global-rally-cross-2014-las-vegas/

Ken Block Takes Over Championship Lead After Double Podium Weekend During The Grc Doubleheader In Los Angeles

Sept 22nd, 2014, Los Angeles, California: Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block had a hugely successful three days of racing during the Global Rallycross Championship doubleheader this past weekend in Los Angeles. Following a Saturday event where he pulled off a podium finish in third overall, Block took to the track again on Sunday for the second event of the weekend, managing to improve on Saturday’s performance by one spot, bringing home a second overall finish as well as moving himself into overall championship points lead, 18 points ahead of the rest of the field.

The podium finish for Block on Sunday’s event marks his 5th consecutive podium appearance in the Global Rallycross Championship (New York – 3rd, Charlotte – 1st, Daytona – 2nd, Los Angeles 1 – 3rd, Los Angeles 2 – 2nd) and sets Block up in good position with only two races left on the race season calendar.

“I’m definitely pleased with how the weekend in Los Angeles went for me,” said Block. “Obviously I wanted to come out and do well, but between performing well and having some luck fall my way, I’m coming out of here in the lead for the overall championship, which is awesome! I’m also excited about this coming weekend in Seattle at Dirtfish because I’ve heard that the track there has a lot more gravel than what we’ve seen the last two races and I feel that sort of surface really favors my driving style. Hopefully I can bring home another podium finish in five days.”

In addition to Block bringing home a third place finish on Saturday, a second place finish on Sunday and moving into first overall in the championship points standings, Block and his team also helped contribute to Ford locking in their 4th consecutive manufacturer title in GRC this weekend as well.

Ken Block Ties It Up For Global Rallycross Championship Lead After L.A. One

Sept 20th, 2014, Los Angeles, California: Ken Block arrived to the port of Los Angeles in California for the 7th round of the Global Rallycross Championship sitting second overall in the points standings. After the checkered flag dropped on the final Saturday afternoon, Block had finished third overall in the final and had improved his standing to tied for first overall in the championship with fellow Ford driver, Nelson Piquet Jr. Additionally, Ford clinched the 2014 GRC manufacturer’s championship on Saturday, helped out by Block’s finish during Saturday’s race.

Capitalizing on a 2nd in a heat race on Friday and taking first in his semi-final Saturday morning, Block set himself up for the first row of the final. Successfully avoiding any sort of first corner smashup, Block tucked in behind the leaders into third place and stayed there, holding off the rest of the field for the entirety of the 10 laps.

“I’m stoked with moving up to tied for first in the championship,” said Block. “While this track is a bit tight and doesn’t fully suit my driving style, I think I’ve done a good job figuring out a quick line here and I’m making it work. I’m definitely happy to nab my fourth podium in a row also. Hopefully things go well again for me tomorrow.”

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 Dominates Global Rallycross Las Vegas!

Hoonigan Racing Division driver Ken Block capped off his insanely busy SEMA week with a dominant win at the final round of the 2013 Global RallyCross Championship, GRC Las Vegas. The win also secures Block as third overall in the 2013 Championship standings.

Having qualified third and putting down the fastest lap of the day during Wednesday’s day one heats, Block entered Thursday’s day two heats and final feeling confident and seeking redemption for last year’s GRC Las Vegas (Block was leading the final last year when his car caught fire, forcing him out of the race). And, redemption was found. Block won his second round heat, beating out DC Shoes teammate Travis Pastrana to earn himself a first row spot for the final.

In the final, Block put down a great launch going into turn one in second place behind fellow Ford driver Tanner Foust. Unfortunately for Foust, he had jumped the start and had to pull into the penalty box, allowing Block to race by and take the lead. From there, Block continued to open up his gap on the remainder of the field, all the way to the checkered flag.

“I’m stoked with this result,” said Block. “All season I’ve been plagued by terrible luck and finally, here in Las Vegas, it all came together. I drove well today, my team did an amazing job with my Ford Fiesta ST RX43 and my luck held up. I put down great times in practice and managed to win both of my heats. To be able to win the final race of the year, secure third overall in the championship and go out on a high-note is an incredible feeling. I’d really like to thank all of my fans and sponsors for their support this season as well. I know there have been some ups and downs, but we’re ending the year on a major up!”

With the win in Las Vegas, Block’s 2013 competitive schedule comes to a close. Block’s next big event is the global debut of his Gymkhana SIX YouTube video, being launched November 11th at 6 AM PST via the Need For Speed YouTube channel.

Ken Block Grc's Fastest Driver Statistically

Statistically the fastest driver in GRC, Ken Block, gets ready for the final Global RallyCross race of the season this morning (practice sessions and heats begin today for Thursday night’s race). Block is still searching for his first GRC win of the year, which, if he’s able to get it in Las Vegas, would be added to a second-place finish at the X Games Barcelona make-up race in Munich earlier this year, as well as a second-place finish at GRC Bristol.

However, Block’s finishing results are more to blame with the now traditional first corner mayhem of GRC courses and general bad luck. Statistically, Block is the fastest man in Global RallyCross and he’s got the stats to prove it:

- Block has had 4 top seeds out of a possible 8, the best in the GRC

- Block has an average 3.25 seeding position, also the best in the GRC (2013 series champion Toomas Heikkinen is second with 4.13)

- Block has achieved 9 heat wins out of a possible 11, which is also the best in GRC

To see if Block can overcome his season of bad luck in Global RallyCross and seize the top podium spot in Las Vegas, be sure to tune in and watch, Thursday, November 7th live on ESPN2 at 7 PM ET.