Ken Block was untouchable in round 5 of the Red Bull Global Rallycross event in Charlotte and earned the second win of his career. Driving his trademark #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST, he qualified first and won all of his heat races on the way to a dominant victory at “The Dirt Track”.
Sverre Isachsen from Subaru Rally Team USA earned a career-best second place finish, while Nelson Piquet Jr. in his SH Racing Rallycross extended his points lead over Scott Speed with a third place result.
Block, Foust, and Arpin made up the front row of the grid for the main event. However a wild start due to several drivers being left stranded after an incident with the inside barriers of turn one led to a red flag. Unfortunately for Austin Dyne a broken suspension eliminated him from the re-run as he was unable to make the grid the second time around.
The restart led to some intense action on the dirt with drivers sliding two and three cars wide through the Charlotte banks. Block checked out in the lead as drivers attempted to sort
themselves out for top five spots in the running order, with Foust, Joni Wiman, and Isachsen running behind him early on.
However a tire puncture caused Foust to plummet through the field just as Isachsen got by the rookie Wiman. Piquet used his joker to perfection to make his way into a podium place. Foust would see Wiman, his team mate Speed, Lasek, and Arpin all make it by him as the race went on, luck was not with the previous rounds winner.
“For me, most of my career has been on gravel and dirt,” said Block. “We were very quick to get the car set up right, to get my Ford Fiesta out to the front and from there be able to find the right lines. The gravel gives us so much more of an opportunity to find different lines and try different stuff. The track constantly changed, and I love that.”
For Piquet and Block, Charlotte marked their second podium finishes in two weeks. Despite having to race in the last chance qualifier, Piquet, a Charlotte native also extended his provisional championship lead to 46 points over Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Scott Speed.
Ford currently holds a 472-293 lead over Volkswagen in the series’ Manufacturer’s Championship, meaning their “magic number” to clinch the title for the third consecutive year is 109.
Round 5 Results – Charlotte “The Dirt Track”
Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
Joni Wiman, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
Scott Speed, #77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo R
Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
Steve Arpin, #00 Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta
Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo R
Brian Deegan, #38 Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta ST
Austin Dyne, #14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta
Rhys Millen, #67 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
Emma Gilmour, #27 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
Patrik Sandell, #18 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Driver Standings
Nelson Piquet Jr., 227
Scott Speed, 181
Steve Arpin, 164
Joni Wiman, 162
Ken Block, 155
Patrik Sandell, 120
Tanner Foust, 112
Sverre Isachsen, 109
Austin Dyne, 102
Bucky Lasek, 87
Brian Deegan, 85
Rhys Millen, 68
Emma Gilmour, 24
Pat Moro, 3