FIA retires #43 from WRC in 2023 as tribute to Block

The late Ken Block was synonymous with the number throughout his motorsport career


The number #43 has been withdrawn from use for this year’s World Rally Championship as a mark of respect to the late Ken Block.

Block passed away on Monday in a snowmobile accident at the age of just 55, prompting a widespread outpour of emotion from the motorsport community and beyond.

In a career that spanned rallycross and of course Gymkhana as well as rallying, Block amassed 25 WRC starts with a best finish of seventh on Rally México.

The number #43 was a mainstay throughout his career and as a result, the FIA has elected to retire the number from competition for the 2023 season.

“Given the enormous contribution our great friend Ken Block made to motorsport and the fact that he was held in such high regard by people the world over, it is entirely appropriate that his #43 will be withdrawn from use during the 2023 WRC season,” said FIA president, Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

“While it’s a small gesture, we hope that it is one that will bring some comfort to his family and friends at this time. Ken was a true legend and the memory of this true legend will live with us forever.”

WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel added: “The impact that Ken had on rallying in taking our sport to an all-new audience cannot be underestimated.

“For Ken, fan engagement was paramount, making him a beloved figure of the WRC. As a sport, withdrawing the number 43 – a number synonymous with Ken – is our small mark of respect for Ken’s family, friends and fans.”

Words:Luke Barry