• Mar 1, 2010

Ken Block wins 100 Acre Wood Rally in Ford Fiesta shown in testing above

He did it. Ken Block made it five-in-a-row at the 100 Acre Wood Rally, showing that his new Ford Fiesta is doing just as good for him as his old Subaru. Block and Alex Gelsomino were the overall winners of the Open Class in their Monster World Rally Team Ford Fiesta, but it wasn't easy for them. Block started the second leg more than a minute behind Subaru Rally Team USA's Travis Pastrana after having a bit of trouble on stage one. Although the Ford was pretty quick, Pastrana was quicker, as was Antoine L'Estage, the Rockstar Mitsubishi Evo driver who now leads the Rally America championship race with 34 points.

Pastrana was leading until he broke his left rear control arm on the Super Special Stage in Potosi. That put Block into the lead with L'Estage barreling down on him – that is until L'Estage also hit some bad luck, getting a flat on the second stage and battling low visibility conditions at a water crossing. Block charged on and never looked back, crossing the finish some 20 seconds ahead of the Evo. Privateer Bill Bacon grabbed the last step on the podium in his last-gen 2006 Mitsubishi Evo IX. Despite some difficulties this year, Bacon has at least been consistent, and finds himself in second place in the championship standings with 28 points. Dave Mirra nabbed 4th, his best finish yet in Subaru Rally Team USA's 2010 STi.

Next up for Rally America will be the Olympus Rally in Olympia, Washington on April 24-25. Full results in the official press release after the jump. Hat tip to Jason!

[Source: Rally America]
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Ken Block Wins His Fifth Consecutive 100 Acre Wood Rally

Sunday, February 28, 2010
Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino of the Monster World Rally Team have claimed their fifth consecutive 100 Acre Wood Rally win. Block drove the Open Class Ford Fiesta to victory despite having a tough first day and starting the second leg over a minute behind rally leader, Travis Pastrana. The Ford driver was able to gain some ground after Antoine L'Estage dropped to third place due to a water crossing visibility issue and a puncture on the second stage of the day.

Subaru Rally Team USA's Travis Pastrana held a fast pace and a comfortable lead over Block and L'Estage until Pastrana broke his car's left rear control arm on the Super Special Stage in Potosi and was unable to continue. With Pastrana out of contention, L'Estage pushed to catch Block and posted comparatively close stage times with him, but Block was able to maintain his lead to the end.

An ecstatic Block said, "This is the location of my first national rally win, so I have now won this rally five years in a row and it is a pretty good feeling to get the Fiesta home in first."

Having secured his consecutive second-place finish this season, the Rockstar Mitsubishi Evo driver from Quebec now leads the Rally America Championship with 34 points. Privateer Bill Bacon joined L'Estage on the podium again despite having some difficulties with his Mitsubishi's new set up, but Bacon's consistency has now put him second in the overall championship standings with 28 points.

Subaru Rally Team USA's, Dave Mirra, driving an Open Class car for only the second time this season placed 4th overall for his best finish to date.

The father-son team of Travis and Terry Hanson had another remarkable performance, winning the Super Production class by over two and a half minutes over their closest rivals. Attrition was heavy in Super Production, with several crews retiring throughout the rally with various mechanical issues. Tim Rooney and Dennis Hotson placed second in class followed by Wazoo Racing's Tim Penasack and Alex Kihurani.

In the 2-Wheel Drive Class, Chris Duplessis and Catherine Woods remained dominant with another win in their 1990 Volkswagen Golf. Duplessis had reported alignment problems on the first day of the rally, but finished 10th overall with a nearly six minute spread over reigning Group 2 Champ, Dillon Van Way. John Conley and Keith Rudolph finished third in class.

The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood also hosted the Rally America Regional Championship, where regional winners from 2009 gathered to shoot it out for top honors. This year, the husband-wife team of Henry and Cynthia Krolikowski won the showdown for the Central Region in an Open Class 2000 Subaru Impreza.

The next national event on the Rally America calendar is the Olympus Rally in Olympia, Washington this April 24-25.

Rally car racing is considered the extreme sport of automobile racing and is often described simply as "real cars, real roads, real fast." This all-season motorsport sees drivers and their co-drivers take modified road cars to the limit as they achieve blistering speeds over courses that cover more than 100 miles of gravel, dirt or snow-covered roads.

This year there will be six forest events from Maine to Washington, before X Games 16, plus three new European style rallycross events after X Games -- all based in Southern New Jersey.

Top teams in the series are also invited to compete in the Summer X Games, the leading action sports event broadcast live on ABC and ESPN.

All results are considered provisional pending official post-event race processes.

About Rally America
Based in Golden Valley, Minn., Rally America sanctions the premier rally racing series in the United States, the Rally America National Championship Series. In 2010, Rally America will conduct six National Championship events at venues across the country, from Olympia, Wash., to Bethel, Maine, and three European style rallycross events in New Jersey.

These results are unofficial and subject to change.


O/A Car # Class I/C Driver / CoDriver Time Diff Leader Diff Previous

1 43 O 1 Ken Block / Alessandro Gelsomino
2009 Ford Fiesta
1:27:06.1 0:00.0 0:00.0
2 17 O 2 Antoine L'Estage / Nathalie Richard
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
1:27:27.0 0:20.9 0:20.9
3 68 O 3 William Bacon / Peter Watt
2006 Mitsubishi EVO IX
1:30:24.1 3:18.0 2:57.1
4 40 O 4 Dave Mirra / Martin Headland
2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
1:32:28.2 5:22.1 2:04.1
5 523 SP 1 Travis Hanson / Terry Hanson
2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
1:36:06.1 9:00.0 3:37.9
6 1 115 O 5 1 Joseph Burke / Brian Sharkey
2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII
1:37:50.8 10:44.7 1:44.7
7 1 693 O 6 1 Carl Decker / Mike Rossey
1993 Subaru Impreza
1:38:11.6 11:05.5 0:20.8
8 47 SP 2 Timothy Rooney / Dennis Hotson
2008 Subaru Impreza Sti
1:38:40.6 11:34.5 0:29.0
9 198 O 7 Arkadiusz Gruszka / Dominik Jozwiak
2006 Mitsubishi EVO IX
1:39:19.5 12:13.4 0:38.9
10 1 70 2WD 1 Christopher Duplessis / Catherine Woods
1990 Volkswagen GTI
1:40:56.5 13:50.4 1:37.0
11 1 19 SP 3 Timothy Penasack / Alexander Kihurani
2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
1:40:59.5 13:53.4 0:03.0
12 494 SP 4 Roman Pakos / Don DeRose
2006 Subaru STI
1:41:08.6 14:02.5 0:09.1
13 418 SP 5 Jimmy Keeney / Jason Grahn
2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
1:41:50.2 14:44.1 0:41.6
14 1 377 O 8 Mason Moyle / Scott Putnam
1999 Subaru Impreza
1:46:01.4 18:55.3 4:11.2
15 1 600 2WD 2 Dillon Van Way / Benjamin Slocum
2002 Ford Focus
1:46:08.7 19:02.6 0:07.3
16 116 O 9 Nathan Conley / Brandye Conley
2004 Subaru Impreza
1:51:45.6 24:39.5 5:36.9
17 888 SP 6 George Georgakopoulos / Aaron Crescenti
2002 SUBARU WRX
(backing up in a control depth) +10:00.0

Total as of SS15 +10:00.0
25:46.0 1:06.5
18 155 2WD 3 John Conley / Keith Rudolph
2003 Dodge SRT-4
(22 min late into ATC4) +3:40.0
(7 min late to MTC) +1:10.0

Total as of SS15 +4:50.0
37:22.8 11:36.8
19 289 2WD 4 Gary Wiggin / Kim DeMotte
1991 Volkswagen GTI
2:10:01.3 42:55.2 5:32.4
20 118 2WD 5 Nick Allen / Erik Lee
1986 Volkswagen Gulf
2:19:17.3 52:11.2 9:16.0
477 SP Don Conley / Christopher Herlache
2007 Subaru WRX Wagon
DNF
319 2WD Chris Greenhouse / Christopher Gordon
1995 Plymouth Neon
DNF
41 2WD Burak Tuglu / Carrie Wilburn
2001 Ford Focus
DNF
54 O Mark Fox / Karen Wagner
2004 Subaru Impreza
DNF
401 SP Byron Garth / Sky Pinnick
2006 Subaru WRX
DNF
61 SP Piotr Wiktorczyk / Grzegorz Dorman
2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
DNF
59 SP Patrick Moro / Ole Holter
2005 Subaru STI
DNF: Fuel problems
199 O Travis Pastrana / Christian Edstrom
2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
DNF
669 SP Evan Cline / Jake Blattner
1992 Mitsubishi GSX-a-tron
DNF




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      • 4 Years Ago
      thanks AB now the Chemical Brothers is gonna be stuck in my head for the rest of the day
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's a better song than the Ninja Turtles theme I've got stuck in my head from the Infiniti reviews!
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Farmboy

      No, I didn't come in second.... and frankly Ken Block wouldn't have come in 2nd either without the first 2 cars breaking.

      As far as him being an awesome driver, well that's debatable.... and the reason I left a comment in the first place. I've yet to see him do anything impressive as a driver other than buy his way into a seat (both with Subaru and now Ford) and put out a video about how awesome he is. The thing is that anyone (even you) could have done his gymkhana video with practice. As a matter of fact it's pretty easy to look like a hero with decent editing.... which is what he had.
      I'm in no way a fan of Ken Block... I think that's obvious. I think that there are plenty of people who are far more talented in North America behind the wheel of a rally car. Yet for some reason AB just loves to extol his talent, and hardly spend any time talking about them. I find it annoying. When was the last time they swung from TP's nuts? Never? The give him a little press... yet clearly he has dominated KB in the driving department.
      Just doesn't make sense to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So what I'm reading here is that Pastrana would have won, but he didn't, and Block got the win based on others LOSING the race. This is hardly the same as the Fiesta performing as well for him. I realize rallying is as much about finishing intact as finishing fast, but it's not like he trivially wiped everyone out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It sounds more like Pastrana was at fault though, not that his car was. The car broke because he was showboating more than was necessary (from what I hear; I haven't seen the videos yet).

        It's probably more fair to say that Ken Block won in spite of his Fiesta; he was just the best driver on the day. Otherwise, Pastrana would have taken it if he hadn't botched a drift.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pastrana/Subaru > Block/Ford
      • 4 Years Ago
      Geez... sounds like battle of the energy drinks. Does Red Bull have a car in RA?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw Pastrana's incident on the super special. First one out is always a bit of a tight position and this time it's what knocked him out. He dove into the corner a bit too tight, hit the ditch and bent a control arm.

      Oh and to anyone near Missouri, I HIGHLY recommend going to the 100 acre. Lots of fun, great cars, friendly drivers, and some great roads to drive between spectator areas. And you get to see the cars that most places don't talk about. The 2wd class sported several MKII Golfs, a MKI Rabbit, a few focus, and one Volvo 242 flat hood. Not to mention there was a team fielding a honda they picked up for $500. Good times.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, I didn't even know this was in Missouri. In fact after a quick google maps check, it's about 2 and a half hours from my house. Next time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha, My roommates and I drove 10hrs from Detroit just for it. It was awesome and much better weather than Detroit. Check out my Videos of Block here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm-nMeT8TZw
      • 4 Years Ago
      AB is so in love with Block that I'm pretty sure they want to have his child.... if that's possible.
      Any opportunity to pimp him out (even if he isn't the most talented driver in North America) and they jump all over it.

      We get it... You love him.... Move on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chill, hey I'd rather listen about a guy who wins races than some poster child like Danica Patrick who is nothing special yet treated like a goddess. He's a great guy and an awesome driver. He's an outstanding success in what he has done with sports.

        But let me guess, you came in second?
      • 4 Years Ago
      so what does this mean? block and ford could'v lost to both travis and the evo guy if they had not met some bad luck. or could'v been the other way around on the first leg Sno*drift
      • 4 Years Ago
      From what I got out of Pastrana as he was waiting on a tow truck after the SS stage, it wasn't truely a matter of him showboating. He said that he overcooked the throttle and dug in and smashed the LR wheel against a buried stone, blowing the tire, bending the control arm and breaking the weld on the CA's spherical bushing. I think it was more crap luck than showing off.

      Also, Block was telling me he feel's much more confident in the Fiesta than he was in the STi. Whether that's because he's got a fatter wallet after signing with Ford, or because it's actually a better car, I couldn't tell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too many lower case "L"s in the title. Just sayin'...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The extra "L" is for emphasis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        o rllly?
      • 4 Years Ago
      rallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly
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