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GRC Mid-Season Review: Ken Block

Photo credit: Matthew Kalish

No. 43 Monster Energy Ford Fiesta, Monster World Rally Team

STANDINGS: 6th, 40 points

POSITIVES: Block’s silver medal-winning drive at X Games was nothing short of heroic, as he spent almost all of the final running on three wheels; in fact, it may be the most impressive single run of the entire season. He’s shown that ability to recover from misfortune in each of the past two rounds, taking beat-up Monster World Rally Team Fords to two top five finishes beyond their physical potential.

NEGATIVES: Of course, Block’s road (and his mechanics’ jobs) would have been easier if he could have kept his cars in one piece. A spectacular wreck at Charlotte left him with a crippled car that relegated him to a 15th place finish, while he spent the majority of the New Hampshire event with major damage after an incident with Andy Scott at the start of their heat.

OUTLOOK: Whether you admire Block’s skill behind the wheel or think he’s undisciplined, you’ve got plenty of evidence from the first four races of this season to make a case. The truth is that Block is just remarkably inconsistent—when he’s off of his game, parts will fly, but when he executes the way that he does in his Gymkhana videos, he’s one of the top drivers in the series. It’s just impossible to predict which Block is going to show up on any given weekend.

– Chris Leone

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