Ken Block's World Rallycross Team is Calling It Quits
You won’t see Ken Block on the starting grid of World Rallycross next season.
The 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship season will be the last for the Hoonigan Racing team, at least for the foreseeable future. The team, which consists of drivers Ken Block and Andreas Bakkerud, is backed by Ford Performance and it sounds like the group wasn’t looking forward to investing more money into developing a new race car for the series.
“Although we have thoroughly enjoyed competing in the exciting FIA World Rallycross Championship, it’s a natural time for us to take a break as the future of the series takes shape,” said Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance. “To continue in [the championship] would have required the development of a new race car, and with so much discussion happening around the future of rallycross from a powertrain package standpoint, it made sense for us to pause until it’s better defined.”
If you’re a fan of Block however, this news doesn’t change too much for his relationship with Ford. In an Instagram post, Block confirmed he will be racing next season but he will be going back to doing stage rallies, Gymkhana GRID races, and “more rad video projects with Ford as usual.”
The news comes after Block and Bakkerud have competed nearly two seasons in the Focus RS RX race car. They won’t go on sale once the season is done either, instead they will be used for displays and demos based on pre-existing agreements with Ford Performance.
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Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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