When it was announced that Ken Block was switching from Subaru to Ford and would be competing in select WRC rounds in 2010, there were many critics who said he would fail. Of course most were far more verbose, but you get the idea. Ford has made a very substantial investment in Mr. Block and it would appear that he has taken the challenge very seriously and is learning rather quickly.
The Monster World Rally Team released this in car footage yesterday, shot in the Turkey round of the WRC. Special Stage 23 is notable for its high speeds and several very large crests. Large crests means large air. It also means more opportunity for large crashes.
Block shows that he has the stuff to compete at this level by setting the sixth fastest stage time on a very difficult stage. He also managed to go fast enough over the jumps to be fast and spectacular, but not so fast that he broke the car or went in the weeds. Turkey was only his 2nd WRC event and he is already running with the big boys! Once he gets more seat time, that speed will be more consistent.
2011 is going to be very interesting!