November 14th, 2011, Cardiff, Wales – Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino ended their 2011 WRC season flying through the air at Rally GB in Wales by finishing out in the top 10 for the second time this season. Block battled not only the other drivers out in the forests during the event, but also against the actual stages themselves, as the weather for the early parts of the rally in northern Wales proved to be quite treacherous thanks to a mixture of heavy rain, slick mud and dense fog. Despite the challenges, Block was able to persevere and work his way up through the standings over the course of four days of racing, eventually ending the rally sitting 9th overall. The finish marks Block’s second best finish of the season and tied for his second best of his WRC career. It also scored Block two additional Drivers’ Championship Standings points, bringing his season total to six.
“I’m absolutely stoked that we were able to end the season in points-scoring position here in Wales,” said Block. “These roads in GB were some of the toughest I’d driven this season—especially on Friday night in the rain and the fog. While I may not have been the fastest guy out there on the stages, I was able to keep the car on the road and make it through all of the stages pretty cleanly for the entire event, which paid off. I also gained a lot of great experience that I’ll be able to apply towards the 2012 season.”
While Block started out Sunday’s final day of racing in 10th place overall, he spent the first half of the day strategically keeping Armindo Araujo and his Mini at bay while protecting his points-scoring position. However, as the rally war of attrition continued, Block moved up the leaderboard and his defensive driving moved from protecting 10th place to 9th, which he was able to do successfully, opening up a full minute of separation between himself and Araujo.
“Ken has thoroughly impressed me with how he’s developed as a WRC driver this season,” said Monster World Rally Team Manager Derek Dauncey. “While his stage speeds have continued to improve as he’s gotten more seat time in the car, his splits awareness has developed right alongside. To be able to be hunted by another driver and defend your position is a very difficult thing to do. To be able to be hunted and open up time on the person chasing you is even harder, so what Ken did today is massively impressive. I’m quite pleased with the result.”
Rally GB marks the final stop of the 2011 WRC season as well as the final competitive event for Block this year. Until 2012, follow Block and the team at monsterworldrallyteam.com, facebook.com/KenBlockRacing andfacebook.com/MonsterWorldRallyTeam.
For images of Ken Block and the Monster World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC in action at Rally GB: https://www.dropbox.com/gallery/11444926/1/WRC%20GB?h=037e44#/
About Ken Block: Ken Blockʼs rally career began in 2005. His skill and car control became quickly apparent and Block aptly nabbed Rookie of the Year in the Rally America Championship. Since then, Block has continued to race in the series, boasting a healthy ten overall wins, in addition to numerous podium appearances as well as X Games medals. In addition to his performance in the car, Block has been a driving force in shedding light on the sport within the United States. His keen branding and marketing acumen has allowed Block to achieve global fame as a rally driver through his wildly successful viral videos, which include his record-setting jump for the TV series Stunt Junkies, his scenes in the DC snowboard video Mtn.Lab 1.5 and spy footage of his Subaru TRAX STI project in action, along with his Gymkhana videos.Ad Age named his “Gymkhana TWO” the No. 4 Viral Video of 2009 and his “Gymkhana THREE; Part 2 Ultimate Playground; l’Autodrome” the No. 6 Viral Video of 2010. In January 2010, he formed the Monster World Rally Team and signed with Ford to become the first American to campaign in the World Rally Championship, becoming only the second American to ever score points in the WRC during his inaugural 2010 season. Additionally, his signing with Ford included campaigning domestically in racing (Rally America and X Games), as well as continuing to do gymkhana. Block co-founded DC Shoes, a worldwide leader in performance skateboarding shoes and a renowned action sports brand.
About Monster World Rally Team: Created and assembled by Ken Block, the object of the Monster World Rally Team is to redefine the race-team archetype. The team is driven not only to win, but to also market motorsport through innovative, creative and interactive ways. The team is supported by Monster Energy, Ford Motor Company, DC Shoes, Mobil 1, Pirelli Tires and the Dirt3 videogame.