Ken Block will make his first outing in the World Rally Championship this weekend when the Monster World Rally Team makes its WRC debut in Mexico.
The American heads to the second event of the season on the back of a fifth successive win in the Rally American 100 Acre Wood Rally and with a day of testing at the wheel of his Ford Focus WRC in Cumbria already under his belt.
While that test was held in far from ideal weather conditions in Greystoke Forest, Block said he was ready for the challenge of his debut event although he was quick to play down expectations about a result.
“I'm super stoked to be down here, getting ready to race this week, especially after taking my fifth win at the 100 Acre Wood Rally,” he said. “I just wish I could've done more than one day of testing in the Ford Focus RS before jumping in the ring with the world's best drivers this weekend at Rally Mexico.
“But this is my development year, not that I won't be going flat where I can, but I
realise that I have a bit to learn before becoming a really competitive driver in the WRC.
“Testing the Focus RS WRC was one of the best days I've spent in a rally car. It's just an amazing machine with so much capability. Now I just need to learn how to exploit all of it.”