M-Sport doesn’t just run Ford’s World Rally Champion (WRC) team, they also build some pretty cool turnkey and to-customer-spec race cars for everyone from novice racers to experienced pros. Ken Block certainly falls into the latter category, but there were just two problems with his recent wheel time in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally2. For one, he hadn’t driven the car in 16 months, and secondly, his previous two stints in the country haven’t gone so well, as both ended prematurely due to a rollover.
Regardless, Block jumped at the chance to get back behind the wheel of a brand-new, untested Fiesta Rally2 for the Sol Rally Barbados. The car was built just three weeks prior to the race, and making matters worse, a tropical storm was lurking off the coast of the island. Regardless, given the natural beauty Barbados offers, we certainly can’t blame Block for wanting to give it another try.
What’s particularly cool about the car he’s driving is that isn’t some special, one-off creation made just for the head Hoonigan. Instead, the Fiesta Rally2 is a readily available, turnkey racer from M-Sport that’s a step up from the builder’s more entry-level four-wheel-drive rally offering – the new Rally3.
Though Block has driven a spec car in the past, he hasn’t actually competed in one, so there is a little bit of a learning curve here. Thankfully, he has driven a pretty wide variety of racers, including an all-electric Fiesta rally car, so he picks these things up quicker than most. But Block is going up against some stiff competition, so he isn’t terribly confident.
However, after some nifty driving, Block breaks his curse and scores a first-place finish in both the Rally2 class and overall, an impressive feat indeed. And most importantly, this result is just further proof that the third time is indeed a charm.