Ken Block Splits the VW Contingent in ARX Debut

Ken Block returned to racing a rallycross Supercar in the DirtFish ARX of COTA last weekend in Austin, Texas, and also returned to the podium by finishing second in the Loenbro / Hoonigan Ford Focus RS RX.

Despite struggling with suspension problems, the team and No. 43 car driver dug deep to challenge winner Scott Speed in the opening turn of the final and finish second, a result Gymkhana star Block was stoked with at the end of the sunset showdown event. “We only had one test before this race. The new setup of the car felt quite good, but we had suspension problems all through the race,” said Block. “The team just had to work really hard and work around it, and I really had to drive around it so I’m actually grateful to be second because from the way it was looking I shouldn’t have been sitting in the winner's press conference. We just worked as hard we could and it paid off.” 

Block is pleased with improvements made to the Focus RS RX that he raced in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2016 and 2017, developed before the 2018 season by Steve Arpin’s Loenbro Motorsports team.

“I’m stoked with this result, it’s a good way to come back to rallycross and have the car improved. The Focus platform is great, we just had some kinks with it and it’s genuinely improved over what we’ve had for the last couple of years. It feels good, it feels good to be able to battle with these guys and to have a good time here. It’s great to see all the fans here even in this (100 degree) heat. It’s great to be here in COTA and to be racing again.”

The third round of ARX at Trois-Rivieres in Canada on August 4–5 will take Block to a circuit he has raced on twice before, where he will look to improve on his fifth position in the ARX points. “I’m really looking forward to the next race, I really enjoy that track up in Canada, it suits our car actually even better – the longer corners with good grip with this car means I’m able to hold that line even better. The car will work even better and we’ll have the suspension sorted by then. I go to every race with the same attitude, to try and do the best we can and try and get on top of the podium,” Block continued. “It’s a good crowd in Canada with a lot of very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable fans. It’s a new series here in COTA, I think when we come back here in September we’ll see an even bigger turnout. I’m really looking forward to getting more development on this car and pushing these guys (Scott Speed and Tanner Foust) more next event.”

Tiernay Oliver