CONCORD, N.C. – Ken Block was perfect all weekend during the Red Bull Global Rallycross event at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and he completed the impressive showing by cruising to victory in Saturday’s 10-lap finale.
Block started the weekend by winning both of his heat races Friday evening in his Hoonigan Racing Ford Fiesta ST. He backed up those performances by cruising to victory in his Semifinal event Saturday afternoon to earn the top spot on the standing start for the feature.
The feature started off with a bang as the field attempted to make it through turn one. Unfortunately for Nelson Piquet Jr. he didn’t make it through the corner as he got squeezed into the barrier at the entrance to the corner, bringing his SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST to a complete and sudden stop.
Series officials waved the red flag before a lap was completed in order to clean up the mess caused by Piquet’s crash. Luckily the former Formula One and NASCAR competitor was able to get his car re-fired and pull away from the accident none the worse for wear.
After the track was cleared the field made its second attempt at the start. Once again Block blasted off the starting line and emerged from the first corner with the race lead as Tanner Foust and Jodi Wiman gave chase.
Wiman took second from Foust the following lap as Foust’s Andretti Autosport Volkswagen began to drop back, the victim of a cut tire. Behind Wiman the car on the move was that of Sverre Isachsen, who used the joker corner to take third before snatching second away from Wiman.
By this point Block was long gone as the field battled for position behind him. The man on the move suddenly became Piquet, who had recovered from his run in with the wall on the first start attempt and was running fifth. On lap seven Piquet took advantage of the joker turn, jumping from fifth to third around both Scott Speed and Wiman.
All of that was taking place behind Block, who cruised to the checkered flag more than six seconds ahead of second-place Isachsen.