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Ford Fiesta ST Crushing Global Rallycross Championship

Ford-sponsored GRC drivers sweeping the competition with podium finishes

Jul 23, 2013
Ford ST GRC Rally Turn 31 Photo 1/35   |   Ford ST GRC Rally Turn 31

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  • Toomas Heikkinen, Ken Block and Brian Deegan finish top three in Ford Fiesta STs at Bristol, round 5
  • Ford drivers swept top four spots at Loudon in round 4
  • Ford leads GRC Manufacturer Championship and sponsors top 4 drivers in Driver Championship
  • 8 out of 24 2013 GRC drivers are Ford sponsored

Ford, more specifically the Fiesta ST and its talented drivers, are sweeping the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) this year. Ford secured all fifth round podium spots at the most recent Bristol Motor Speedway event in Tennessee. Prior to Bristol, Ford Feista ST drivers finished in the top four spots at Loudon in New Hampshire.

Ford ST GRC Ken Block Trophy 21 Photo 2/35   |   Ford ST GRC Ken Block Trophy 21

Most recently, points leader and Finish driver Toomas Heikkinen took victory in the #57 Bluebeam OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta ST during the GRC'S fifth round. In the GRC seeding session, Heikkinen was seventh overall, which gave him the third position in the first heat. In the end, he finished second behind Ken Block, which gave him a main event spot. Heikkinen has become the only driver to make the podium at all five rounds this season. "My Ford Fiesta ST is on fire right now and it was a great race for us. I am really enjoying racing in the U.S. and am just happy to have made it to the podium again," says Heikkinen.

Ford ST GRC Heikkinen Flex 20 Photo 3/35   |   Ford ST GRC Heikkinen Flex 20
Ford ST GRC Ken Block 09 Photo 4/35   |   Ford ST GRC Ken Block 09

Internet sensation Ken Block has podiumed twice this season with a second place finish at Bristol. The Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST driver qualified first in the fifth round at GRC and won both of his heats, which lead him to the main event at Bristol Motor Speedway. "I am very confident at what I am doing in the car, the car is absolutely dialed and it has done everything I want it to do," says Block. "Hopefully next time we come back I am standing on top of that podium."

Ford ST GRC Deegan 30 Photo 5/35   |   Ford ST GRC Deegan 30
Ford ST GRC Deegan 27 Photo 6/35   |   Ford ST GRC Deegan 27

For the second time Deegan, finished third at Bristol. The Rockstar Energy Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST seeded fourth overall, but came short on his top two heats. He finished first in the last chance qualifier (LCQ) followed by his teammate Tanner Foust, which advanced the two drivers to the main event. "Everytime I go on the track I am in the top three or five with my times and that's not bad for a dirt biker," says Deegan.

Ford ST GRC rally hop 26 Photo 13/35   |   Ford ST GRC Rally Hop 26
Ford ST GRC Ken Block jump 33 Photo 14/35   |   Ford ST GRC Ken Block Jump 33
Ford ST GRC Ken Block Fiesta 34 Photo 21/35   |   Ford ST GRC Ken Block Fiesta 34
Ford ST GRC Ken Block Cabin 05 Photo 22/35   |   Ford ST GRC Ken Block Cabin 05
Ford ST GRC Sandell 10 Photo 29/35   |   Ford ST GRC Sandell 10
Ford ST GRC Tanner Foust 28 Photo 30/35   |   Ford ST GRC Tanner Foust 28

After the fifth GRC event, Ford leads the Manufacturer Championship by over 100 points as seen below: Manufacturer Championship Standings:

1. Ford: 147 Points
2. Dodge: 43 Points
3. Subaru: 41 Points

Next Round: X-Games Los Angeles, August 4, 2013

2014 Ford Fiesta ST front three quarter turn Photo 31/35   |   2014 Ford Fiesta ST Front Three Quarter Turn

Ford Fiesta ST Info

Outside of rally racing, Ford's agile sport hatch has received favorable press. As told by a Motor Trend First Drive: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST (Euro Spec) article: "Although the chassis majors in agility, it throws in a mighty pleasing ride. There's a degree of suppleness that helps traction and stability on lumpy roadways, as well as giving comfort you wouldn't credit in a tearaway little hatchback."

Base Price $22,195
Vehicle Layout Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback
Engine 1.6L/193-hp/214-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4
Transmission 6-Speed Manual
Curb Weight 2720 lb (mfr)
0-60mph 6.9 sec (mfr est)

2014 Ford Fiesta ST rear three quarters in motion Photo 35/35   |   2014 Ford Fiesta ST Rear Three Quarters In Motion
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