• Mar 9, 2010
Ken Block testing the Ford Rally Focus before last weekend's Rally Mexico – Click above to watch video after the jump

A snowy, icy and muddy Greystoke Forest in England probably isn't the best place for a new rally driver to practice for the WRC's Rally Mexico, but that's where Ken Block had to get his testing done, and he had just one day to do it. Follow the jump to watch the DC Shoes maestro getting to grips with his steed. Having already seen the results of the race, it appears he didn't do all bad.

[Source: Monster World Rally]



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KEN BLOCK TESTS FOR RALLY MEXICO IN MONSTER WORLD RALLY TEAM FORD FOCUS

March 1, 2010, León, Mexico-Directly off their fifth consecutive win at the Rally America 100 Acre Wood Rally, Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino are set for the Monster World Rally Teamʼs first WRC race at Rally Mexico this week.

"Iʼm super stoked to be down here, getting ready to race this week, especially after taking my fifth win at the 100 Acre Wood Rally," says Ken Block. "I just wish I couldʼve done more than one day of testing in the Ford Focus RS before jumping in the ring with the worldʼs best drivers this weekend at Rally Mexico. But this is my development year, not that I wonʼt be going flat where I can, but I realize that I have a bit to learn before becoming a really competitive driver in the WRC."

In preparation for Rally Mexico, the Monster World Rally Team traveled to the Greystoke Forest, near the M-Sport headquarters in Cumbria, England, two weeks ago, for Ken and Alexʼs first and only test in the Ford Focus RS WRC. In the morning, the drivers were greeted with snow-covered roads and below freezing temperatures. Not exactly ideal conditions for Mexico testing. The day was shaping up to be a repeat of a previously aborted test that was snowed out, but the midday sun came out to melt the ice and frost, allowing the team to successfully put in a much needed 170km of seat time before their inaugural WRC Event. "Testing the Focus RS WRC was one of the best days Iʼve spent in a rally car," adds Ken. "Itʼs just an amazing machine with so much capability. Now I just need to learn how to exploit all of it."

For daily updates and race coverage, follow the Monster World Rally Team this week as they race their first WRC event at monsterworldrallyteam.com and twitter.com/mwrt


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I love getting to watch WRC again on HD Theater, but I only wish it didn't take 2 weeks to air it. I can never resist checking out the results well before I can see the action. Better than no coverage at all, I suppose.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah I suppose 10th isn't too bad when you playing with the big boys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a day goes by where I don't gain more respect for Ken Block. He's the classic example of if you want something bad enough, you'll eventually get it, and is very humble about his successes. I look forward to watching him represent the US on the World Rally stage for the rest of the year and hopefully competing for a WRC championship in a few years!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't Ken crash out in Mexico?

      Anyway, he's not the WRC material. Heavily edited show? Yes. Racing driver? No. End of story.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's his first race, cut him a break. Didn't Kimi have a rough go up in Sweden??? He is most DEFINATELY a racer. WRC is just that hard...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't say that Ken is a bad driver, but he can't compare to Sebastien Loeb, not even Dani Sordo....but he and his manager are like God when we talk about promovation

      http://www.inforally.sibiul.ro/rally_news_wrc_1.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford Fiesta is ugly, bring back All mighty Audi to WRC to show these kids who's boss.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My bad, I new that, t I was thinking fiesta for some reason....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except this is a Focus. Not a Fiesta... (I know it is easy to miss) It is only stated in the video, and the title and in the caption of the photo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, Sebastien Loeb is a machine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure what results table you guys are looking at, but he didn't finish the rally. Suspension failure after a little "off".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some of us actually watch this series on TV. I hope AB won't spoil it for us like they did last season when they announced Loeb's overall victory before it aired on HD Net.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is he using an old generation Focus, shouldn´t it be a new Focus RS?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you are a determined WRC fan in the US it is pretty easy to follow what is going on. During every rally WRC.com broadcasts live on their own World Rally Radio during each day of competition. They briefly interview drivers after stages so you get an insight into what their run was like and you can get live results and stage splits from WRC.com as well. There is a user on youtube that is uploading the daily coverage videos that are produced by One North.

      If you search "rally mexico" and order by date of upload you should easily be able to determine who it is. I followed everything I could and I am still looking forward to the shows we get on HD Theater.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can tell he misses his SUBY!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Minus that he talked about how fun this car was.. But I mean. You can imagine that if you want to make yourself feel better about Subaru I suppose
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