Video: Ken Block accident – Rally of Portugal shakedown image

Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino completed approximately 100 kilometers during the test.

However, the American will not start this week’s WRC Rally of Portugal because of a tragic accident – good news is that Block and his copilot were not seriously injured in the incident.

Block rolled his Monster Ford World Rally Team Fiesta RS WRC just over a mile into the three-mile stage. The accident happened 1.8 kilometers (1.1 miles) into the five-kilometer (3.1-mile) stage, when Block lost control of his Ford on a fourth-gear, right-hand curve.
A Monster Ford World Rally Team spokesman said:

“Ken’s really bummed out that he’s unable to compete here in Portugal, but this has been his first really big crash in a World Rally Car, so the main thing is that he’s pleased he and Alex are okay.

“And they are both 100 per cent fine, they went to hospital because it’s better to be safe than sorry. They’re heading home now to prepare for the next stop on our tour, which is Rally Argentina.”

Sebastien Ogier was fastest at shakedown, beating his Citroen team-mate by just one tenth of a second. Ford’s Jari-Matti Latvala was third quickest, three tenths off Ogier’s benchmark.