KEN BLOCK REUNITES WITH SUBARU FOR ARA SEASON
Block will compete across America, Mexico and Kenya with Subaru and Porsche.
Starting this weekend, Block will return to Subaru for the Olympus Rally, 12 years on from his last competitive outing for the brand. The Head Hoonigan In Charge will drive a Vermont SportsCar-built WRX STI alongside long-time co-driver Alex Gelsomino and run by his own Hoonigan Racing Division, with factory support.
But that won’t be all. As well as six planned American Rally Association presented by DirtFish National outings with Subaru, Block will also be taking on the East Africa Safari Classic Rally in a Tuthill Porsche, and the gruelling Baja 1000 – his first-ever trophy truck race.
“This is going to be a wild year! I’m stoked to be back in a Subaru racing rally in America,” said Block. “And now that I’m not exclusively tied to just one manufacturer, I can go do things like race a Porsche, built by Tuthill Porsche, in Africa and take on the infamous Baja 1000 in a Trophy Truck – both of which I’ll be doing for the first time ever!”
Block made his rallying debut with Subaru in 2005 and later became a household name thanks to the first two Gymkhana videos which featured Impreza WRX STIs.
He went on to win nine times at a national level in the US with the manufacturer and made his first three World Rally Championship starts driving Imprezas, before switching to Ford for the 2010 season.
His relationship with the Detroit firm ended earlier this year, a move Block summed up by saying “we’ve decided to see other people”, allowing him to drive vehicles from other brands and no longer remain exclusive to the one company.
While a reunion with Subaru had long been speculated – and even teased in his Ford separation announcement video – Block’s first post-Ford outing came behind the wheel of a Škoda Fabia at last month’s 100 Acre Wood Rally. There he finished second behind Travis Pastrana, and later tested the factory team’s machine following the event.
“It’s great to be working with Vermont SportsCar again,” he said. “I was really impressed with their latest WRX STI after testing it the day after I finished second in The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood.”
“I’m definitely the underdog this season,” said Block. “This is a completely new car for me, and Travis Pastrana has already won the first two events of the year, in a race car he’s been racing for a few years now.
“So, Alex and I have our work cut out for us! I have to quickly get comfortable in an all-new car and battle against a very talented driver that already has two wins this season! But, that’s racing. We’re going to give it our all.”