Ken Block will have to sit out this weekend's Rally de Portugal, following his heavy crash on Wednesday in the shakedown.
Although Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino were taken to hospital for precautionary checks after clipping a rock and rolling their Ford Fiesta RS WRC car over a bank, both escaped unharmed and were later discharged. However, unfortunately the car was too badly damaged for them to be able to start this weekend's third round in the 2011 World Rally Championship, which gets underway today with the short 3.27km Lisboa super special kicking off proceedings at 15.40 hours [local time].
“Ken and Alex are 100 per cent fine. They went to hospital but it was a precaution because it's better to be safe than sorry,” a spokesperson for the Monster World Rally Team told the official WRC website.
“Unfortunately when the car came back to service though, the scrutineer declared that it was too badly damaged and was a no-go.
“Ken is obviously disappointed and bummed out that he's been unable to start the rally. It was his first big crash in a World Rally Car and Ken is obviously relieved that he and Alex are both okay.
"They're heading back home now to prepare for their next stop on their world tour, Argentina WRC.”
To see pictures of Block's Monster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC after the crash CLICK HERE.