Ken Block Wins his sixth rally at the 100 acre woods.
Salem, MO — Monster
World Rally Team’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino piloted their 2012 Ford
Fiesta H.F.H.V. to a sixth Rally in the 100 Acre Wood title on February
24-25th, 2012, in Salem, MO. The team won 15 of the 17 stages in a
hard-fought battle on the extremely fast Ozark Mountain roads and
squeaked out a 29.3 second victory over Subaru Rally Team USA’s David
Higgins and Craig Drew.
From the very beginning Block set a blistering pace outpacing his
rivals to lead after day one. On the first leg of the second day, Block
lost time to Higgins with a pair of tire punctures and suspension
damage. After service, the team made up their lost time and pushed hard
during the last two stages to secure the victory.
“I’m stoked about winning my 6th Rally in the 100 Acre Wood,” said
Block. “The battle against David Higgins was intense on every stage.
He’s the current Rally America champ and one of the people who helped
teach me how to race a rally car when I first got started, so to finally
compete against him on this level was great, I really enjoyed it. I’m
definitely looking forward to running against him again later this year
David Higgins’ second-place overall finish keeps the team on top of the 2012 Rally America National Championship standings.
Three-time Polish Rally Champion, WRC and Dakar Rally driver,
Krzysztof Holowczyc took the third podium position in his Art Logisitics
Racing Team Mitsubishi EVO. The team was slightly off the pace after
replacing an engine damaged during testing, but managed to take advantage of some key competitor retirements to make the podium.
Most notably, Rockstar Energy Drinks’s Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie
Richard, last year’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood overall winners, broke a
on stage 4. The characteristically reliable team was battling with
Block and Higgins, and within seconds of the factory-backed teams before
their mechanical failure ended their run.
Deeper in the field, Canadian Rally
Championship contender, Leonid Urlichich with co-driver Carl Williamson,
broke a tie-rod on stage 9 to end their top-10 run. Chinese rally
driver, Rick Song with co-driver Martin Brady, broke their engine on
stage 8 leaving the race in the ninth overall position.