Ken Block announced that he has signed on for a full season schedule with FIA World RallyCross, retaining his partnership with Ford Performance. After competing and winning podiums in both rally and Red Bull Global Rallycross in 2015, he will be concentrating solely on this one series in 2016.
“For a big portion of my career I’ve maintained a mixed focus and kept a diverse race calendar, but now I’ll be focusing myself fully on one single championship,” said Block. “I’ve been stoked with what my team and I have accomplished so far with my Ford Fiesta ST racecars and I’m excited to see what we’ll be able to do next season with factory support. It’s going to be a very exciting 2016 and I can’t wait to get started. Thanks again to Ford for being an awesome partner.”
FIA World Rallycross Championship has a deep field of drivers, with notable competitors such as 2015 champion Petter Solberg. With four car categories, the series also boasts a wide range of automakers, including (but not limited to) Volkswagen, Peugeot, Renault, Citroën, BMW, and Audi.
Block had a rollercoaster season in 2015’s Red Bull GRC, finishing 7th overall after 2nd and 3rd overall in 2015 and 2014 respectively, boasting three wins and five podiums. But with several DNF’s and some disappointing penalties, it’s not hard to see why the Head Hoonigan in Charge would look to change his game and go all out with FIA World RX.
While most of the 2016 FIA World RallyCross Championship schedule takes place in Europe, two of the twelve events will happen in the Americas – 5 August in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, and 25 November in Rosario, Argentina. For the complete 2016 FIA World RX calendar hit this link.