Ken Block: Season Review

(November 28) – After two seasons competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the Head Hoonigan in Charge, Ken Block, returned to racing rallycross in America for the inaugural Americas Rallycross (ARX) season.

While the newly formed Loenbro Hoonigan team partnership was formed in the spring and upgrades were made in the Loenbro Motorsports shop to the Ford Focus RS RXs, the team missed round one at Silverstone in the UK but Block started his season with a bang for round two, at the DirtFish ARX of COTA.

Racing in the first ever event on the Circuit of The Americas’ permanent rallycross circuit in Austin, Texas, Block was fifth, third, third and then second in the four qualifying races to earn himself a front row grid position for the semifinals, where he finished second to Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Scott Speed to line up on row two for the final. Following Speed on the main circuit on the first lap of the main race, Block maintained the place to the finish to score the first podium in ARX for the team.

In the next round at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Canada, Block was second in Q1, then survived contact with Speed’s teammate Tanner Foust in turn two of Q2 to again be second overall. He finished second to Speed in the Intermediate Classification, and won semifinal two in front of Subaru Rally Team USA’s Patrik Sandell, but the #43 car driver finished third in the final behind Speed and Foust.

Entering the last round of the season, in a return to COTA, Block had a difficult time on day one, but running in mixed track conditions in Q3 on Sunday morning, the Loenbro Hoonigan driver set his first fastest ARX qualifying time, before second place to Speed in the semis put Block in the perfect position to maintain his 100% podium record. But, he was forced to retire after just a few feet of the race with a mechanical problem. Block ended the 2018 ARX season fourth in the Drivers’ points.


Tiernay Oliver