As you watch this clip, Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino are in the midst of competing in their first ever tarmac WRC event, the 2010 ADAC Rally Deutschland. Block is confident about a podium finish, just not at this event. He’s also confident about a stage win, “eventually”. For a guy whose only expectation is to finish the event, he seems plenty comfortable with on-pavement car control, and his self-deprecating sense of humor is part of the reason we love him. That, and his ungodly ability to drive a car.
I wouldn’t count Block and Gelsomino out of contention just yet. They’ve only raced two tarmac events, both in Rally America, but the pair managed a win both times. WRC is more challenging than Rally America, but Block has the ability to adapt and excel like few other drivers. Even if he doesn’t do well this weekend, you can rest assured that he’ll apply what he’s learned to the next WRC tarmac rally.