Ken Block Dominates For Second Career Red Bull Global Rallycross Victory

by July 26, 2014

Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas

CONCORD, NC – Ken Block wheeled his No. 43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST to victory in race five of the Red Bull Global Rallycross schedule at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Saturday afternoon.

Block won all three heats he competed in between Friday and Saturday. The win marks his first win and second podium of the 2014 season. The other podium was a third place finish earned at New York last weekend. Saturday’s victory was also only his second career win in Red Bull Global Rallycross. Block moves up one spot to fifth in the points.

However, the victory didn’t entirely come easy for Block. As soon as the event started, Nelson Piquet was forced into the water barrier in the first corner. The accident brought out a lengthy red flag for clean-up. Once back to green, Block had to shift perfectly on the restart, because in Red Bull Global Rallycross, a restart can make or break your day.

“The red flag is just a part of our sport,” Block said. “I get warmed up in my motor home and get all ready and psyched up – get out there in the heat – get down there, and they tell you eight minutes and we’re still down there on the line. Finally, we get to go; I get a good start, and all the sudden the red flag comes out – the heart drops. The main thing is to take it all in stride and try to be consistent and nail that start every time.”

Sverre Isachsen broke away from the pack after the first few corners and set his sights on Block, but in the end, he just couldn’t catch him. Isachsen finished second, his first podium finish of the season. He is now eighth in the points.

As for Nelson Piquet Jr., he was able to rebound from the accident on lap one to finish third. Piquet Jr. used his Joker Lap to catapult himself ahead of Joni Wiman to capture his fourth podium finish of the year out of the first five rounds.

“It was good to spend a weekend here at home and see a lot of friends and family,” Piquet Jr. said. “I saw a lot of friends that I made from last year in NASCAR around. It’s good for them to see a new world and just a more open sport. The whole weekend, I had a lot of ups and downs. Obviously arriving here with the points lead, we try to have a more secure weekend and not take too many risks.”

Piquet Jr. is the point leader with 227 points, followed by Scott Speed, 181; Steve Arpin 164; Joni Wiman, 162; and Ken Block, 155.

Mitchell Dejong captured his third victory of the year in the GRC Lites. Finishing second, and third respectively were Kevin and Oliver Eriksson. Mitchell DeJong is the current points leader over Kevin Eriksson. Alejandro Fernandez moves up to third, while Geoff Sykes falls back to fourth. Austin Cindric rounds out the top-five.

Up next for Red Bull Global Rallycross is a visit to Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, August 23. The event will be live on NBC at 2:30 p.m. EST.

Charlotte Results:
1.) #43 Ken Block
2.) #11 Sverre Isachsen
3.) #07 Nelson Piquet Jr.
4.) #31 Joni Wiman
5.) #77 Scott Speed
6.) #81 Bucky Lasek
7.) #00 Steve Arpin
8.) #34 Tanner Foust
9.) #38 Brian Deegan (DNF)
10.) #14 Austin Dyne (DNF)

Unofficial Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar Points:
1.) Nelson Piquet Jr. 227
2.) Scott Speed 181
3.) Steve Arpin 164
4.) Joni Wiman 162
5.) Ken Block 155
6.) Patrik Sandell 120
7.) Tanner Foust 112
8.) Sverre Isachsen 109
9.) Austin Dyne 102
10.) Bucky Lasek 87
11.) Brian Deegan 85
12.) Rhys Millen 68
13.) Emma Gilmour 24
14.) Pat Moro 3