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Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino during the New England Forest Rally -- Click above to watch video

What you need to know: New England Forest Rally, Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino, Special Stage 5 -– Concord Pond Run, breaking their own stage record they set last year. What you need to ask: what happens when Block meets Loeb next year?

Everything else worth considering is in the video in glorious high-definition. Follow the jump to check it out. Thanks for the tip, Nate!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think Loeb is quaking in his shoes.

      Ken is good, very good but once he's playing with those guys we'll see. I wish him all the best as it would be good to see a Yank in WRC and that fact that he hails for SoCal is a + for me.

      But, how many times have our stars gone to play in europe and fell on their faces? Michael Andretti, really never cared for that whiner or his dad but wished him well in F1, sadly what a disaster for him. Nicky Haden, did win one championship but I think only because "the Doctor" had a bad year and since his switch to Ducati, a bike Stoner screams on, has fallen flat on his face. And last but not least... Scott Speed... that one speaks for itself. I had hopes for 199 but he seems content to be a MTV clown, sad.

      Good Luck Block, you'll need it.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, his gonna play with the big boys now, let's hope he can stir the pot a bit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i hope your joking...

        To beat loeb, you have to drive more then blocks around the corner and winning a amateur championship.
        Time will tell...
        • 5 Years Ago
        NIcky has done well on the Ducati. Its not his fault he was knocked out on the first lap 3 times this year. He has gotten better and better results throughout the year and is now a regular in the top 10.

        Colin Edwards has been great this year. He is staying to team up with Ben S. and James T. is going back to WSBK

        Ben Spies seems to be doing fairly well for USA. He only won the WSBK championship in his rookie year with a Yamaha and is now headed to MotoGP.

        Scott Speed sucks but 1 bad apple dont spoil the whole bunch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, don't forget Ben Spies, who just won the World Superbike championship in his first year, on a new bike, having never seen most of the tracks. Let's hope Ken can do half as well...
      • 5 Years Ago
      He showed up to a local rally (Ontario Rally Series i think) a friend of mine was pit crewing at and Block ditched it on the second corner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Blocks a great driver who's having fun building up his skills, but this is just a hobby for him. An adrenaline fix.

      He runs DC shoes here in Carlsbad. I used to do design work for them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure he's great but that video was a bit boring compared to the likes of this.. and this was in the 80s

      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn, that was slow. Was this a stock car or something? After watching Hervonen and Loeb last night, watching this was like being drunk; slow. I love Ken Block as much as the next guy, but he's not going to see which way the others went when he hits WRC. They're just in another league those guys.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As much as I enjoyed this clip it's certain Block is not going to stack up in the WRC
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ken is a gifted driver, but he has a tall, tall mountain to climb before he hopes to be competitive in Europe. It's not just Loeb who is fast over there... Hirvonen, Latvalla, Sordo, the list goes on and on... They are immensely talented, familiar with the conditions and terrain in Europe, not to mention they all have multiple seasons competing at the highest level. Watch some Loeb and Hirvonen doing the Finland WRC and they will make this video look pedestrian.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know; i've seen faster footage in decade and a half old Markus Grönholm onboards. Don't get me wrong ! I still liked it, but I feel like I'm being asked to form a McNabb opinion of this run.
      Special Stage 5 -– Concord Pond Run? Never heard of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2008 PWRC Championship standing results:
      45th Ken Block

      Highest finish looks like a 13th

      and remember:
      Rally America = High School at best
      PWRC = Minor League
      WRC = Pro

      "what happens when Block meets Loeb next year?"
      Really? C'mon now, you just look out of touch and amatuer with that question Autoblog.

      • 5 Years Ago
      New England Forest Rally seems really lame imo. No turns really, just some slightly winding roads. That was boring. Block should go on something more challenging.. is this road all that's available in the states?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully Speed or someone will broadcast WRC now that Block is moving over? Hoping for too much?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's being broadcasted on HD Theater.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I download torrents of the races and HD Theater is the same thing that they get on Eurosport same announcer and everything. I don't think anyone gets full races that would be like hours long for three days.
        • 5 Years Ago
        WRC is already shown on HDNet, which most providers do offer for an additional fee. (I get it along with 3 or 4 other HD channels for an extra $5/mo.)

        Now, they only seem to be "recaps" of each race - it's an hour of coverage showing the main highlights and cuts and bits of various runs. I'd assume that Europe actually gets full coverage and can watch entire runs but I honestly don't know.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems we all agree Block has a big hill to climb.

      @jonnybimmer... Patrick in F1... nearly chocked on my spit... someone actually thought she'd do well there? Notta chance in hell, she can barely whine her way through an low level Cart or IRL or whatever they are calling that hash brown of a series now.

      I think a younger Robby Gordon could have been groomed for WRC. But, alas, he seems to shot himself in the foot a lot.

      Like F1, WRC, Moto GP you have to live it, there!

      @haas599... "Nicky has done well on the Ducati"? Huh? When was this? Casey came back from a 3 race layoff and kicked his a$$, big time, sadly. The only thing Nicky should do is get a different ride and see if he still has it.

      Ben Spies is amazing for sure, We'll see if indeed he is as good as he looks.
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