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Block gets set for WRC bow

Ken Block gets set to join the WRC party in Mexico
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.”


Tagged as: Ford , Mexico , Ken Block , Block , Monster

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John Kilbride - Unregistered

March 02, 2010 10:12 PM

Regarding cash rich countries, that seems to be the main criteria in getting a round of WRC now. Recently on this site I was discussing the loss of rally Ireland. People were commenting on the enthusiasm that rallying has in Ireland, from the locals allowing various clubs closing roads to allow events to happen. Plus the knowledge locals had regarding rallying in general and what doe's Mr Todt do, decide to have a rally in Abu Dhabi. Maybe Ford had something to do with that as well.

S Kwantz - Unregistered

March 02, 2010 10:00 PM

While I agree with everything that John has said - these 2 'characters' are bringing much needed media interest to the sport. That in it's own, is a damning indictment of the way the WRC has been run/allowed to develop. We have a 6x World Champion, but still need to import people from other Motorsports, (also add Rossi later in the season) because the WRC can't generate true sporting stars. The cars need to be cheaper, so new Manufacturers will join, and the Rallies themselves need to be varied. Also, the 'classic' events need to be in, not some cash rich country with no history of Rallying. As for the BRC, remember when events were over 2,3,4 days? Now most are over 1 day, 80 miles.



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