Block To Kick Start Rally Season In New Zealand


American driver Ken Block will compete on his first stage rally of 2015 next weekend in New Zealand.

Block, who will be rallying under the banner of Hoonigan Racing Division, will compete on the International Rally of Whangarei in his Ford Fiesta HFHV.

The American concluded a two day testing programme ahead of the event yesterday.

“I’m excited to finally get back behind the wheel of my Ford Fiesta HFHV and doing proper stage rally,” said Block. “I haven’t had the chance to drive competitively since mid-December, and since my main focus these days is rallycross, not stage rally, logging some proper stage miles with my co-driver Alex [Gelsomino] is going to be a fun time.

“It’s also a big bonus for me that the roads down here in New Zealand are some of my absolute favorites in the world. Cambered, undulating gravel roads? Sounds like a great way for me to kick off this season.”

Block has a long history in rallying including World Rally Championship campaigns and has been a regular competitor on the Rally America Championship.