ARX Star Ken Block Treats the Spanish Crowd with Familiar Donuts

Photo Courtesy of the World Rally Championship

(October 27, 2018) - Loenbro Hoonigan Americas Rallycross (ARX) driver Ken Block wowed the crowds in his one-off return to the World Rallycross Championship in Spain this weekend.

Driving an M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC dressed in a similar livery to his ARX Ford Focus RS RX, Block started his first WRC rally since 2014 in Spain with only two days of testing before the event, which is held on mixed surfaces. The first stage of the rally, on Thursday, was held on the streets of the famous Spanish city, Barcelona, where Block gave up valuable seconds to his rivals by doing three donuts instead of one at the special donut section of the stage. “Donuts for the fans! Ha. WRC made me run first on Stage 1 so I was kind of screwed with a dusty and slick stage (it gets faster with more rubber down) - so I decided to throw some extra donuts in this (the donut) part of the stage,” said Block on his social media. “Nice of them to provide two different spots on the stage where we MUST do a donut around a large obstacle - so I upped the ante by doing three. Good times.”

After being in 33rd position before stage two on Friday morning, for a day on gravel, Gymkhana hero Block climbed to 22nd after stage six. “The confidence is growing, the tires are working better this afternoon and the car feels better,” he explained. “I'm a bit far off where I want to be, but it is getting better. That stage was really fun. This next one, I don't like so much but we're having a good time out here.” Three time ARX podium finisher Block was right not to like the next stage, as he crashed the Fiesta out of the rally on stage 7. “3 podiums this year…but also 2 crashes. One being yesterday,” he said on his social media. “That’s racing! There’s always ups and downs with this sport, but I still love it.”

Block’s next event will be the 2018 edition of Gymkhana Grid in South Africa, where he will drive against rivals from the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Petter Solberg and Johan Kristoffersson.

Tiernay Oliver