After several successful seasons in the US-centered Global RallyCross ranks over the past few years, Ken Block has announced that he will run the full 2016 FIA World RallyCross Championship schedule in his Ford Fiesta ST racecar. This is not Block’s first shot racing the FIA rallycross events, having made a few trips across the pond last year with less than impressive results. However, with the global racing legend wanting to show off for fans around the world, Block will leave the confines of the growing Global RallyCross series to take on the best rally racers in the world.
Ken Block isn’t the first Global RallyCross driver to jump over to the bigger (and presumably more profitable) FIA World RallyCross Championship. Former GRC champion Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen left the American-based series to race overseas as well, but unlike Topi – who left Ford for Volkswagen – Ken Block will be racing in his Ford Fiesta ST rally car sporting the familiar Monster Energy Drink livery.
Ken Block’s stops during the 2016 FIA World RallyCross Championship include Portugal, Belgium, the UK, Norway, Sweden, Canada, France, Spain, Latvia, Argentina and two stops in Germany, so for American fans who want to see him race in the FIA WRX, you will need to travel to Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada if you want to stay on this continent.
To announced his entry into the full 2016 FIA World RallyCross Championship, Block and his team put together the short video below – showing his Fiesta ST race car doing what it does best. European Block fans will have their best chance of seeing this action in person this year and while American fans might feel a little slighter at the moment, I would expect that Ken will still make plenty of American appearances over the next year as well. With any luck, Block will still have time to pop into an American GRC race from time to time.
Image captured from the video above.