Ford’s Ken Block kicks off Red Bull GRC season with win (VIDEO)

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More on the weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross opener will follow later this week on MotorSportsTalk, but to kick things off, here’s a release from Ford on Ken Block winning the opener in Fort Lauderdale, with a video linked above.

Fresh off of his successful run in the New Zealand Rally Championship, Ken Block piloted his Ford Fiesta ST to a first place finish in the season opener of Red Bull Global Rallycross in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Sunday afternoon.

Despite a triumphant finish, the 75-percent pavement track initially posed a challenge for the Hoonigans.  Block took third in his first heat before improving to second in the following heat and ultimately first in both the semi finals and main event.

“It was a very difficult track, and it was tarmac, which is not my specialty.  I had to battle two Formula 1 racers [Scott Speed and Nelson Piquet Jr.] who are tarmac experts.  But I got lucky and I got a good start during the final.  Even though we didn’t qualify that great, I left with the fastest lap time of the day,” Block said post-race.

The Head Hoonigan took the runner-up position in the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, and is optimistic about 2015 after his season-opening win.

“It is a really great way to start the season.  It was a total team effort: the Ford Fiesta performed well, the team performed well.  Both the vehicle and the team worked hard to come away with this win.

Block will be taking his Ford Fiesta ST to the X Games in Austin, Texas next weekend before returning to Florida for Red Bull Global Rallycross in Daytona on June 19-21.