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X Games Austin Rallycross

Ken Block takes the the jump during his first heat at X Games 2015.
Ken Block prepares to run his Ford Fiesta ST RX43 at X Games Austin 2015.
Ken Block experiences a sudden, front drive shaft failure with the checkered flag in view, ending his race at X Games Austin 2015.

X Games 2015 saw HRD's Ken Block returning to Austin, Texas, in his quest for an X Games gold medal to add to his three bronze and two silver already sitting at home. Unfortunately for Block, it wasn't meant to be this year. With a very aggressive knockout format for the race in order to make it to the final, the setup was as follows: three separate heats, winner of each heat advances directly to the final, second and third in the heat move to a Last Chance Qualifier, fourth and beyond go home. 

Block had a great 6 lap heat until the final corner with the checkered flag literally in sight. Due to incidental contact earlier in the race, Block suffered a front drive shaft failure in the middle of the last turn, which then sent 600 horsepower unexpectedly to the rear wheels and thus threw him into a spin. This moved him from a solid second place finish (which would have advanced him to the LCQ), down to fourth, just outside of making the cut.

“Of course I'm disappointed in how the race went for me," said Block. "Obviously we come here with the goal of walking away with gold, so to get knocked out immediately due to a mechanical issue is lame, especially as I was in a transfer position with the checkered flag in sight! But, that's how racing goes, one part failure can and cost you everything.”

Block Takes Silver At X Games In Munich And Earns His 5th X Games Medal

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block nabbed a silver medal during the first of two RallyCross events taking place during Global X Games Munich this weekend. The Saturday race, which was part of a RallyCross double-header taking place during the Munich event, was a make-up event for the competition that was rained out during X Games in Barcelona back in May. The silver that Block scored brings his total tally of X Games hardware to five medals.

Block got things in “Barcelona” started right by taking first place during his heat (Heat 3) and advancing directly to the final. From there, things got chaotic. As the rain fell on the track, the first corner of the final had Block hit, spun out and sent off course, leaving him towards the back of the pack as everyone fought for grip and position. Fortunately though, the first attempt at the final was red flagged, forcing a re-start for the entire field. Off of the re-start, Block was able to come out of the first two turns sitting third overall as mayhem took place behind him with the rest of the field. As the race continued, Block was able to work his way past fellow Ford driver Toomas Heikkinen and moved himself into second place. From there, Block continued to reduce the distance to Liam Doran, who was sitting in first overall—and he nearly caught him. During the final lap Doran had suffered a puncture and Block was right on his rear bumper, nearly getting past before the checkered flag.

“I’m stoked that I’m coming away from today’s race with my fifth X Games medal,” said Block. “It was crazy out there off the starting line during the final and I’m glad I was able to come through the first corner of the re-start unscathed and in a good position to finish this race with a silver medal. I’m looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow for the actual Munich RallyCross race. Hopefully it doesn’t rain again!”

Block’s Saturday silver medal marks his fifth ever X Games medal, bringing his count to three silver and two bronze. Tune in to see the action from Sunday’s race two of two, live on Sunday at 11 AM ET on ESPN, as well as on ESPN3.com.