Ken Block adds Rally New Zealand to WRC return

The American star of stages and screen will tackle the returning classic in a Fiesta R5


Ken Block has confirmed a second World Rally Championship outing of this season, with the American bound for Rally New Zealand in a Ford Fiesta R5.

Block will be back in WRC action for the first time since 2018 at next week’s Rally México, where he drives his Ford Escort RS Cosworth. In addition to the León-based event, he will tackle New Zealand on September 3-6, where he makes his debut aboard a Rally2-specification car.

The American, who has previously campaigned a Fiesta in rallycross campaigns across the globe as well as on the stages, has started the North Island rally three times and was present for the WRC’s last NZ outing in 2012 in which he finished ninth.

In addition to the top-level Kiwi competition, Block has been a regular visitor to New Zealand national rounds down the years. He took his Escort Cosworth to Whangarei last year, but retired early with an engine problem. He won the same rally in 2015 at the wheel of his World Rally Car-based Ford Fiesta HFHV.

In addition to his two WRC outings, Block will also drive June’s Southern Ohio Rally in his Escort Cosworth, along with Rally Barbados (May) and San Marino’s Rallylegend in October.

Away from the stages, he will also tackle Nitro World Games and Gymkhana GRiD.

Block said: “I’m super-stoked on this year’s schedule. Being able to race on some of my favorite stages and tracks, here in the United States, and across the world is going to be a lot of fun. The 2020 Cossie World Tour is going to be rad!”