• Aug 23, 2010
Ken Block preps for the ADAC Rally – Click above to watch video after the jump

They don't call it the World Rally Championship for nothing. The globe's best and brightest descend on the pinnacle of the rally sport to duke it out all over the planet, and while Ken Block hasn't fared as well as predicted this season, he's at least made it to the point where he can step into the ring. Right before Block took to the ADAC Rally in a new Focus bruiser, he sat down to answer a few questions from the likes of the crew at 0-60 Magazine. At the time, Block had never ran a tarmac WRC rally and was busy practicing the wheels off of the new car.

That practice served him well. For the first time, it looked like Block was going to land points with a ninth place finish over all until the car's alternator died on day three, effectively banishing him to the back of the pack once more. There's just no beating bad luck. Hit the jump to watch the interview for yourself.

[Source: 0-60 Magazine via Cold Track Days]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see how he does next year under S2000 rules. He's probably had more experience driving the Fiesta S2000 than any other driver in the WRC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing against Ford or Block particularly, but I am saddened with how far rally cars have strayed from what you can actually buy/drive.

      It hasn't been "street-derived cars driving very fast on regular roads" for quite some time now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @nagma

        Please DO NOT correct me when I was correct in the first place.

        I never said it was Citroën's first venture into the WRC. The DS3R was confirmed to be entering the 2011 WRC season AFTER Suzuki and Ford unveiled their S2000 contenders. Therefore, making the DS3R the answer to both cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're implying that the WRC is going the way of NASCAR, which it isn't. Considering the fact that the WRC still uses production chassis and engines to power the cars, I don't see where you're going with your arguement.

        The Ford Focus WRC is powered by a Cosworth-tuned 2.0L Ford Duratec I4 and the Citroën C4 WRC is powered by a PSA EW10 2.0L. Both are on strengthened versions of their production chassis. No tubed chassis involved.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Evo, STi, Focus RS/ST, DS3R...

        But I do still agree with you. They still start with a car you can buy, they just do a lot more work on them than say, an RS200. Sadly, I think the days of a manufacturer putting a vehicle into production just so they can race it are over.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see him finish on his wheels at least. Since he didn't come up through the European rally circuit he's at a giant disadvantage, experience wise. Good thing he has a pile of money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well,

        Sébastien Loeb started rallying at 22 if I remember correctly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ya, he was busy being an olympic class gymnast before that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL Umm, coming up through the european rally circuit means starting when you're 16.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think so Ben. There's a billion Europeans that grew up driving on European roads that I wouldn't trust to drive to Walmart much less in the WRC. Now driving in Scandinavian counties, that's a different story, at least they have a real car handling driving test you have to pass to get a license.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um @both of you, coming up through the europrean "rally" meaning growing up as an european, and driving "european" roads. Y do you think people generally look for european drivers for F1, and other pro racing series because those "european" roads are some of the best roads in the world, and it takes a whole life time to master them, unless you got god given talents.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um he's been on the European rally circuit for the past year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if any of you guys wouldn't have a co pilot that knows the road, you die!

      mr Block helps to get WRC / rally in the united states.
      i think that's the main reason he got a WRC contract.

      anyways a nice honest guy

      for me Rally is the ultimate motorsport, i wish WRC had a guy like Bernie Ecclestone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is Ken normally that bashful? It sounded like he was just glad to be racing with the others at WRC. Hope he can score some points soon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I met him at a strangely uncrowded autograph session in LA a couple weeks ago at the DC store. Since there wasn't a huge line he was able to talk to me for a couple minutes after I cheekily asked him to sign a copy of this picture I took of him at X-Games 15.

        http://rally-america.com/contests/2009-dc-week-4/entries/787

        His response: "Hahaha, oh man... yeah that sucked." And then went on to talk about a bunch of stuff. He's a cool dude. And he signed my picture :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I met him at the Olympus Rally...he's a quiet guy. Complete opposite of Pastrana.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think he knows that he is in the Big Leagues now. Rally drivers are underestimated in terms of skill.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know if Block thought he was world class after Monstering (pun intended) the competition stateside but he certainly knows the difference now and he is quite humble about it. Personally I would love to see more of the North American drivers that have been big winners in the past (Like Patrick Richard) to see if any of them can adjust to the level of competition in WRC. Even Kimi is having a hell of a time catching up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To be perfectly honest, I want to not like the guy because he looks like some skateboarding, flat-rimmed hat wearing, d-bag who hangs out at the local mall.

      But...hearing what he has to say is starting to change my opinion of him. Glad to see that he's humble and knows that he's got a lot of hard work ahead of him. Time will tell...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've always wondered how American race car drivers will fare on the world stage, WRC or F1, at the highest level. Regardless of how they do, I'm still always glad to see the US being represented at least. The day I see an American flag on an F1 podium and hear them play our national anthem, I just might cry. Haha maybe not but still proud.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I second that, even 2nd and 3rd tier world series look for talents everywhere but not in top US series. There's gotta be a reason...
        • 4 Years Ago
        What's that mean? You are saying top series in the US are not receptive to foreigners?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope he's able to stick with it for awhile. Gotta like how honest he is about his chances currently and much respect for anyone who can compete at that level in this nearly insane sport.
      • 4 Years Ago
      awesome vid
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ken gets much respect from me for being very humble about his position on the WRC stage.


      You stay classy Ken, and keep plugging away. Eventually you'll get the experience to be much more confident and competitive.
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