Not since his first Gymkhana video has Ken Block been surrounded in glory. The admitted tire slayer has been aggressively attacking the world of rally racing this year. Slowly he has been making waves in his fight for championship points.
Returning after a four-year hiatus, Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino took their Monster World Rally Team Ford Fiesta HFHV rally car to the top of the podium in the Canadian Rally Championship Défi Event. This marks the duo’s second overall rally win in North America this year.
Day one consisted of rough technical stages proving the Ford Fiesta’s ruggedness in every stage. Block and Gelsomino were able to hunker down and open a large first day lead over Canadian racers like Antoine L'Estage and Pat Richard.
Day two would see sporadic heavy rainfall, making the stages even more treacherous. Block and Gelsomio seem to not be phased and achieving blistering times throughout the day. Further securing their lead. "I'm stoked to have won Rally Défi," said Block. "This is a really challenging event and the roads here were somewhat reminiscent of Rally Finland in terms of their speed and surface. The team stood on top of the field winning 17 out of the 23 stages for the entire weekend. “The whole event was great and I’m really looking forward to running the car in our next race at Olympus in two weeks."