Sunday, June 10, 2012

Global RallyCross: Ken Block's High Flying Fiesta Grounded In Texas

June 9th, Dallas, Texas: Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block was poised to move into first place during the starting lap of the final at Global RallyCross, despite having started all the way back in the third row of the grid.
Unfortunately, as he was turning in to the first corner, fellow Ford driver Marcus Grönholm made contact with Block’s front right corner, damaging the car’s suspension. Three laps into the six lap final with Block sitting fourth overall, a car stopped in front of the 40-foot gap jump, causing a red flag.

The red flag meant a restart for the entire field, which also meant that Block had to start again on the third row of the grid. Unfortunately, during the first lap of the restart, Block suffered a failure of the spec-series tire after landing from the jump, knocking him out of the competition. However, a second red flag situation arose, allowing Block to change his tire himself during the regroup and reentered for the third attempt at the final. Block’s luck ran out during the first lap of the third attempt though, after the suspension component that was damaged previously from Grönholm’s contact finally gave out after landing the jump.

“Obviously I’m disappointed in how today went,” said Block. “I qualified fourth overall on Saturday, so I thought I was going to have a great weekend. Unfortunately, I didn’t pan out that way and I ran into some bad luck, as well as having some damaging contact with a fellow Ford teammate that eventually took me out of the race. But, that’s racing, I’ll be back and ready for X in a few weeks.”
To follow Block’s progress throughout the entire Global RallyCross season—including the next round at X Games 18 in Los Angeles—as well as his next WRC endeavor at Brother Rally New Zealand, head to

Source: Monster World Rally Team /PR