Pirelli welcome Block back to WRC


Pirelli are looking forward to welcoming Ken Block back to the World Rally Championship on their tyres for the first time since 2010 Rally Great Britain.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have Ken with us in Spain, who is not only a fantastic driver but a brilliant ambassador for the sport and for Pirelli.” said Matteo Braga, Pirelli senior tyre engineer.

“Despite the fact that his many other commitments do not leave him with much time for the World Rally Championship, he has shown himself to be capable of points-scoring finishes in the past and we are delighted that he has chosen our tyres to help him try and achieve this once more.

Block last saw action in the WRC last year at the Rally of Mexico where he drove on Michelin tyres.

Ken Block added, “This is the only race on the World Rally Championship calendar with both tarmac and gravel stages, so I’ve put down some testing miles in both of these cars to be ready for WRC Spain. Both set-ups are very fun, in very different ways. I’m stoked that I get to race on both of those surfaces this week!”

Czech driver Martin Prokop will be making the switch to Pirelli rubber for his Ford Fiesta RS WRC for the first time since winning the Junior World Rally Championship in 2009 with the Italian tyre supplier.

While Block will be the leading Pirelli runner, there will be a number of other competitors taking part using Pirelli including WRC2 championship leader, Lorenzo Bertelli.

Full list of Pirelli competitors:

15 Ken Block/Alex Gelsomino (Ford Fiesta RS WRC)
21 Martin Prokop/Jan Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC)
36 Bernardo Sousa/Hugo Magalhaes (Ford Fiesta RRC)
37 Lorenzo Bertelli/Mitia Dotta (Ford Fiesta R5)
38 Valeriy Gorban/Korsia Volodymyr (Mini John Cooper S2000)
43 Julien Maurin/Nicolas Klinger (Ford Fiesta R5)
50 Johan Heloise/Roberto Mometti (Subaru Impreza WRX)
75 Josep Membrado/Jordi Vilamala (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X)