American Ken Block has announced that he will race full-time in this year’s FIA World RallyCross Championship. Block will receive manufacturer backing from Ford as he puts all his focus on going for the title this year.
Block has previously raced in two World RallyCross events in 2014, with his first event in Norway yielding a podium on his debut, with 4th place following later on in the year in France.
“I’m stoked to be able to compete for an FIA World Rallycross title!” said Block in a statement today, “I’ve really enjoyed my past six years racing with Ford and to renew my relationship with them moving forward, as well as receiving an increased level of involvement from Ford Performance, to compete for a World Rallycross Championship, well, I couldn’t be happier!”
Block is widely known across the world for being the star of his YouTube Gymkhana series, that see’s the American drift his way through some mind-blowing courses in locations such as downtown Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is also known for taking part in a medley of different championships each year, with World Rally Championship, Global RallyCross and the X-Games being particular favourites of his. This year however, his focus is solely on the World RallyCross championship.
“For a big portion of my career I’ve maintained a mixed focus and kept a diverse race calendar,” Block added, “But now I’ll be focusing myself fully on one single championship. I’ve been stoked with what my team and I have accomplished so far with my Ford Fiesta ST racecars and I’m excited to see what we’ll be able to do next season with factory support. It’s going to be a very exciting 2016 and I can’t wait to get started.”
Block will begin his first full season of World RallyCross on April 16th-17th at the season opener in Montalegre, Portugal. If he wants to take the title in the championship’s 3rd season, he will have to beat Citroen’s double world-champion Petter Solberg and Peugeot’s rising star Timmy Hansen.
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