Over 26 seconds to the good, fresh from doubling his lead on the previous stage, things were looking fantastic for Ken Block last Friday.
Right up until the moment they weren’t.
Caught out by patches of mud over a crest in exceptionally filthy conditions, Block slid off the road and into the trees – damaging his Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC beyond repair.
A fourth Lake Superior Performance Rally win? Gone. But more than that, he’d blown his chance of a very first American Rally Association presented by DirtFish National title.
Did Block throw this one away, or was he simply unfortunate? That’s a key question on this week’s edition of SPIN, The Rally Pod.
Lisa O’Sullivan chairs the discussion between Mason Runkel and Luke Barry as they attempt to answer exactly that.
And Block’s mistake aside, just how good was new champion Brandon Semenuk? Could he even do a job in the World Rally Championship?
You’ll need to hit play on the episode below to find out what we think…