Go big or go home could be Ken Block’s personal trademark. The Rally / Gymkhana / X-Games driver was shaking down his Ford Fiesta WRC car, in preparation for this weekend’s Rally of Portugal, when he experienced a “fourth gear incident”. In other words, Block was hammer down when he lost control, rolling the car five times and sending both himself and co-driver Alex Gelsomino to a local hospital for evaluation. The good news is that the pair were uninjured in the spectacular crash; the bad news is their car was a write-off, at least for this weekend’s event. Both Block and Gelsomino are back in the U.S., where they will begin preparation for the upcoming Rally Argentina, scheduled for May 26 to 29.
Block and Gelsomino are off to a disappointing start in 2011, having finished 14th in Sweden and 12th in Mexico. A DNF in Portugal won’t help the team’s point standings, but Block had already commented that 2011 was more about learning how to drive in WRC competition than about winning races. Block and Gelsomino’s best finish to date came in last year’s Rally of Spain, where the pair pulled of a 9th place finish.