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Ken Block Podiums In Fia World Rx Hockenheim During Second-Ever Race For The New Ford Focus Rs Rx

HOCKENHEIMRING, GERMANY — In just the second event for the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block overcame tough odds and fought his way from just barely making it into the Semi Finals on at the end of Saturday to onto the podium on Sunday, finishing the event 3rd overall—his first podium of the season, the first podium for the Focus RS RX and the first podium for his new World RX team.

Block had a tough weekend, dealing with setup changes during practice and having some mechanical issues and a puncture in his Qualifying sessions. Despite the challenges though, Block snuck into the top 12 at the end of Qualifying 4, earning the final slot in the Semi Finals. Block’s teammate, Andreas Bakkerud was also dealing with mechanical issues during the Qualifying sessions. He too managed to qualify for the Semi Finals, doing one better than Block at 11th overall.

In the Semis, both HRD drivers found themselves starting on the back line of the grid. Bakkerud fought his way up to third overall at one point during Semi Final 1, before losing a driveshaft and falling out of contention to move on to the final. Block battled his way through what may have been one of the greatest Semi Finals in World RX history, working his way from the back of the pack into third and advancing onward to the Final.

In the Final, Block was once again starting on the back of the grid. However, he had a great launch and immediately started to battle for position during turn 1, coming from around the outside, fighting for third and then quickly shuffling to fifth. Coming out of turn 2 and going into a gravel S-turn section of the track, Block overtook Petter Solberg on the outside and then came through sandwiched in-between Liam Doran and Robin Larsson in a three-way battle for 3rd. Block prevailed and immediately started to pull away from the final portion of the S-turn in 3rd overall. He ended up holding that position all the way to the very end, putting the his Ford Focus RS RX onto its first-ever podium finish in just the second competitive event for the new car.

“I’m beyond stoked with my result today,” said Block. “I had some difficulties in getting the car setup the way I like going into this race and then I was dealing with some mechanical issues throughout the race weekend. Fortunately we made some changes that worked and things felt good, I had a bit of luck on my side and I was able to bring home a podium! I owe a huge thank you to my entire team for all of their efforts to get us to here in such a short amount of time. Out of the four World Rallycross events I’ve done so far in my career I’ve managed to end up on the podium twice [Block took 3rd in Norway in 2014], so I’m pretty happy with that ratio right now! I’m gutted for Andreas missing out on the Final due to a mechanical, but that’s racing. He drove amazingly well this weekend, I’m extremely proud of his driving here in Germany.”

“I had a great weekend—despite not getting the result I wanted—I’m still very happy with how things are going so far this season with Ken and this new team,” said Bakkerud. “We’re still developing the car and I had some great moments out there before I was handicapped with the mechanical stuff. Now I'm just waiting for my next chance to prove myself and this car, I can’t wait for Belgium next weekend!”

The HRD duo will be competing in Round 3 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship next weekend in Belgium, Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th. Be sure to follow along and see how they do as the season continues.

Andreas Bakkerud Takes The All-New Ford Focus Rs Rx To The Final In Round 1 Of Its Debut In The World Rallycross Championship

Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.
Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.

MONTALEGRE, PORTUGAL — Building upon his successes during Day 1 of World Rallycross Portugal—initially holding the fastest lap in open practice, winning his Qualifying 1 race (which also happened to be the first-ever competitive outing for the Focus RS RX) and finishing out the day 4th overall in the standings—Hoonigan Racing Division’s Andreas Bakkerud returned to the track in Portugal on Day 2 with the straightforward goal: make it to the final in his brand-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. As it would turn out, he did one better than that, making it all the way to the final where he finished 4th overall.

Bakkerud nabbed P3 in both of Sunday’s Qualifiers, which placed him on the front row of Semi-Final 2. After an intense 6 lap battle and some very strategic driving, Bakkerud finished the Semi-Final in 3rd place, advancing himself to the Final.

Starting on the back row of the final, Bakkerud fought his way as best he could to get to the front of the pack, eventually coming away with a 4th overall finish on the event and coming away from the weekend with 20 championship points, which puts him in a tie for 4th overall in the championship after one round.

“I’m extremely proud of Andreas and his driving this weekend,” said teammate and HRD team boss Ken Block. “Ford Performance and M-Sport have delivered us an incredible racecar in the Focus RS RX and while we are still very early in the program, Andreas has gone out there and proven that it’s a highly capable machine despite being so early along in the development process. We still need some time to do more testing, work on different setups and log more seat time, but so far, so good. While I didn’t have as strong of an outing as I would have liked due to some engine programming glitches on Saturday, it feels great to have our team overall still have a good weekend and to see the early capabilities of these new cars. We’re both really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel in three weeks at Hockenheim!”

While a recurring engine programming glitch that kept his throttle at 100% open when he’d let off the gas hijacked Block’s weekend, he still managed to demonstrate the potential of the new Focus RS RX by putting up both a second and third place Qualifying race finish over the course of the weekend. Unfortunately, Block missed the final due to having to run in the first group out during the Qualification 4 races when the track was the slowest—a result of slower qualifying times in the earlier Qualification races due to his programming glitch and slower track conditions.

Both Block and Bakkerud will now get ready for Round 2 of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship, taking place in Hockenheim, Germany, the weekend of May 7th.

Hrd's All-New Ford Focus Rs Rx Makes Stellar Debut At World Rx Portugal

The first day of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship got off to a great start for Hoonigan Racing Division's Andreas Bakkerud and the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. Bakkerud piloted his Focus to the top of the leader board at the start of Open Practice today in Montelegre, Portugal, setting the fastest time of the 2-hour session for the majority of the session, eventually ending it third fastest overall.

Montalegre, Portugal: The first day of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship got off to a great start for Hoonigan Racing Division's Andreas Bakkerud and the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car. Bakkerud piloted his Focus to the top of the leader board at the start of Open Practice today in Montelegre, Portugal, setting the fastest time of the 2-hour session for the majority of the session, eventually ending it third fastest overall.

Building on that "first" theme, Bakkerud went out and brought home a win in his Qualifying 1 race, the first-ever actual race competition that the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car has competed in, which is an impressive feat given how little seat time both he and Block have had in the brand new cars thus far.

Be sure to tune in to Sunday's racing in Portugal to see how both Andreas Bakkerud and Ken Block do in Round 1 of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Hoonigan Racing Division Debuts All-New 2016 Race Liveries By International Graffiti Artist Felipe Pantone

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone.

MONTALEGRE, PORTUGAL — Known for his unique and distinct liveries, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to launch the 2016 Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone race liveries, a collaboration between Block, Hoonigan and kinetic street art artist Felipe Pantone. The first livery is for Block’s all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car that he’ll be using to compete in the full 2016 season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.  And, since Block now has a teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, that means a second Focus RS RX also receives a unique livery by Felipe Pantone as well.

“I’m really stoked that I was able to partner with Felipe Pantone on this,” said Block. “I’m a huge fan of Felipe’s work and I think it’s awesome that we were able to work together and have him create bespoke art in his signature style for us, that we were then able to translate to both new Ford Focus RS RX racecar, as well as on to Andreas’ car, but that also worked equally well for Hoonigan and my other partners on apparel and product.”

The Hoonigan Racing by Felipe Pantone project is the first time that Block and Hoonigan have partnered with an independent artist on a race livery. Felipe Pantone designed and created eight separate pieces of art over the course of eight days at the Hoonigan Donut Garage in Long Beach, California. The original artworks were laid down on canvas with spray paint before being translated into the digital files used on the car liveries. The partnership with the internationally known graffiti artist brings an exclusive style to both Block and Bakkerud’s cars, as well as to Hoonigan’s associated apparel that’s launching alongside them. A mix of geometric patterns, bold colors and intricate fades, all of Pantone’s artwork is designed to convey speed and motion; perfect for racecar liveries.

“It was really exciting to work on this project,” said Pantone. “My work talks about speed, technology, and the times we are living in, all of which are embodied by the Hoonigan team.”

To see Block and Bakkerud’s new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross cars in action with their Felipe Pantone liveries, be sure to tune in to round 1 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, taking place this coming weekend in Montelegre, Portugal on Saturday April 16th and Sunday April 17th.

To view the entire Hoonigan by Felipe Pantone apparel line, be sure to check it out online at the Hoonigan web store: https://www.hoonigan.com/ken-block.html

Additionally, more products featuring the collaborative artwork will be available from other partners of Block, including DC Shoes, Wolfgang Man & Beast and SAXX.

And, to see Felipe Pantone’s latest artwork available for purchase: http://store.felipepantone.com/

Ken Block Names Andreas Bakkerud As Driver #2 For 2016 World Rx Team

Andreas Bakkerud, current top FIA World Rallycross driver, will be joining the team for the 2016 World RX Championship, making it a two-car attack.

PARK CITY, UT, January 20th: Following up on Ken Block’s announcement last week that he’ll be heading to the FIA World Rallycross Championship for the 2016 race season, Hoonigan Racing Division and Block are now pleased to announce that the effort won’t just be a single car entry. Andreas Bakkerud, current top FIA World Rallycross driver, will be joining the team, making it a two-car attack.

A highly talented and experienced rallycross driver hailing from Norway, Bakkerud was Block’s first choice when it came to picking a second championship-capable driver to help anchor his efforts in World RX this year. Bakkerud has also raced behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta ST in the past, which makes him a valuable addition in the pursuit of the Supercar Team Championship title for Ford.

“I’m really excited that I’ve got Andreas [Bakkerud] joining me on my team this year for FIA World Rallycross,” said Block. “I chose Andreas because he’s damn good behind the wheel of a rallycross car and he’s proven that he can win races. He’s also got experience racing the Ford Fiesta ST chassis the last few seasons, which is important. I’m confident that with him on my team, we will be strong contenders for the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship.”

Despite having only been around the top level of World RX for three seasons, Bakkerud has racked up 5 overall wins and 11 podiums in that time. In addition to those results, earlier in his career he has taken 1st overall in the European Rallycross Championship in the Super1600 class in 2011 and 2012. He made the jump to Supercars in 2013, where he landed two 1st place finishes (Sweden and France) and finished 4th overall in the ERC. In 2014, Bakkerud continued to be a force in the FIA World Rallycross Championship Supercar series with wins in Great Britain and Turkey, finishing the season 5th overall. This past season, Bakkerud finished 4th overall in the championship, racking up a 1st place podium during the Italian round.

“YES! I’m really excited about the opportunity to race alongside Ken and his team—that happens to be one of the best motorsports teams in the world!” said Bakkerud. “I love racing rallycross and I’ve been able to have a few good seasons back-to-back. And the car? Ford Performance and M-Sport are building us one of the best cars to ever race rallycross. So, do I sound excited? Hell yeah!”

Bakkerud continues, "I think that working with Ken and his team in 2016 is really going to help me elevate my driving even further, plus I’ve always admired the way they handle exposing and marketing themselves both on and off event. I think this whole thing is an incredible opportunity not only for myself behind the wheel this year, but to learn and develop myself for the future as well. I can’t wait for the season to start! Thanks again Ken and team for this dream opportunity.”

Bakkerud will join Block on the starting grid at Portugal on April 16th and 17th, piloting the #13 Ford from Hoonigan Racing Division.

Ken Block And Ford Performance Announce Commitment To Fia World Rallycross For 2016 Race Season

KEN BLOCK AND FORD PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCE COMMITMENT TO FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS FOR 2016 RACE SEASON

PARK CITY, UT — Hoonigan Racing Division, in conjunction with Ford Performance, is pleased to announce that professional rallycross driver, Gymkhana star and Head Hoonigan in Charge, Ken Block, will extend his factory partnership with Ford Performance to pursue the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

"For a big portion of my career I've maintained a mixed focus and kept a diverse race calendar, but now I'll be focusing myself fully on one single championship,” said Block. “I've been stoked with what my team and I have accomplished so far with my Ford Fiesta ST racecars and I'm excited to see what we'll be able to do next season with factory support. It's going to be a very exciting 2016 and I can't wait to get started. Thanks again to Ford for being an awesome partner.”

Block stands out as one of the top competitors in the world of rallycross and is among the winningest drivers in GRC, coming within five points of winning the 2014 championship. In 2015, Block scored three events wins, led the championship for 10 of the 12 rounds and was the leading points contributor in helping Ford secure its 5th GRC Manufacturers Championship.

In 2014, Block competed in his first World Rallycross round in Norway, where he celebrated a podium finish (3rd) in his maiden event. He then followed up with an appearance at the 2014 French round, finishing fourth overall and setting the fastest lap of the event. With his renewed partnership with Ford Performance, as well as their factory support, the team’s goal is to compete for a world title.

"I'm stoked to be able to compete for an FIA World Rallycross title!" said Block. "I've really enjoyed my past six years racing with Ford and to renew my relationship with them moving forward, as well as receiving an increased level of involvement from Ford Performance, to compete for a World Rallycross Championship, well, I couldn't be happier!”

“The past year we have been working hard to celebrate Ford Performance as a global brand serving enthusiasts with world-class products and motorsports fans with on-track success around the globe,” said Dave Pericak, Global Director of Ford Performance. “In looking at the great success we’ve had with Fiesta ST in the Global Rallycross Championship—29 race wins and five manufacturers’ championships the past five years—everyone felt the time was right to take on a new challenge of the FIA World Rallycross Championship."

“Ken is more than a driver or a partner to us, he’s a member of the Ford Performance team. He continues to be an advocate for enthusiasts around the world and we engage him frequently in product and motorsports discussions,” Pericak added. “We know Ken’s team is the right one to help us pursue our goal of winning an FIA World Rallycross Championship title and tell the Ford Performance story. Ford and Ford Performance are global brands, just like Ken, so it’s a great match for all of us involved.”

Block and Ford Performance will begin their pursuit of a World Championship when the 2016 WorldRX race calendar kicks off in Portugal, April 16th and 17th. Be sure to tune in between now and then however, as there will be plenty more announcements in the near future.

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