Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division, verliet de WRX kampioenschap eind vorig jaar, na een 2 jarig traject in samenwerking met Ford Performance om de Focus RS Mk3 verder te kunnen ontwikkelen. Helaas bleef het bij 2 jaar en bleef het erg lang stil rond Ken Block, die zei terug te zullen komen in 2018.
Daar kwam van de week een eind aan, en kwam hij met het nieuws een nieuw 2 koppig team te hebben gevormd om te gaan strijden in de ARX-rallycross in Amerika. Hiermee keert de Ford Focus RS-RX terug in de autosport. Ook dit keer in samenwerking met Ford Performance.
Hoonigan Racing Division officieel persbericht vind je hieronder:
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has officially kicked off his 2018 rallycross program, in partnership with Steve Arpin and Loenbro Motorsports. Combined, both extremely talented drivers have 10 overall rallycross wins, countless podium finishes and are looking to add more to their respective résumés with help from an updated Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car that Arpin and his team have been developing during the first half of 2018. This updated car will usher in a new era of performance for the Focus RS RX.
The partnership is built on Block—as well as Hoonigan—bringing their motorsports marketing expertise to the table, while Arpin’s side brings extensive technical prowess when it comes to developing and running rallycross cars.
“When I made the decision to return to a handful of rallycross events this year, I knew partnering with Steve Arpin and his team was the right move,” said Block. “I’ve always liked Steve as a driver and I had been keeping an eye on how he and his team had developed the older Ford Fiesta RX43 chassis and were still achieving top results with it, so I knew I wanted to work with them with our Focus RS RX.
When I made that decision, Ford stepped up and decided to then supply Steve a Focus RS RX of his own to further help assist in the development. Needless to say, I’m very excited about the forward progress they’ve made and I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel at the race in Austin July 14th!”
“Obviously I’m excited about partnering with Ken [Block] this season,” said Arpin. “He and I have always gotten along great at the track in the past and I think we’re both in a position to help each other this year. I’m also happy about the fact that Ford Performance entrusted myself and my team to help further develop the Focus RS RX rallycross program, the car has felt amazing in our testing with the revisions we’ve made and I’m really eager to get it out on track and put it to the ultimate test against the competition.”
Both drivers will be competing in the three remaining ARX (Americas Rallycross Championship) races, taking place in Austin, TX, at Circuit of the Americas on July 14th, Trois Rivieres in Quebec, Canada August 4th to the 5th and back in Austin at COTA September 29th to the 30th. Block will also compete In the U.S. round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, taking place that same weekend of September 29th and 30th at COTA. Additionally, both drivers will also compete at Travis Pastrana’s Nitro World Games rallycross event, taking place September 22nd and 23rd at the Utah Motorsports Complex outside of Salt Lake City, UT.
For 2018 rallycross, both Block and Arpin have cars that feature similar, yet slightly different, variations of Block’s previously shown livery for the 2018 season, created by artist Death Spray Custom. Both drivers also have their signature team gear – based off of this livery design – available for purchase online at: Hoonigan.com
Source | Ford Performance