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Ken Block Rules as Gymkhana GRiD Goes Off In Madrid

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Block drifting his way to the top step at Gymkhana GRiD

The KINC and invited media were in attendance on a scorching hot day in Madrid this weekend as Head Hoonigan Ken Block took the top spot at an action-packed Gymkhana GRiD Finals.

Block put in some impressive runs during the seeding rounds and he went up against qualifier Jake Archer in the final, who took his AWD Subaru Impreza wagon into the arena to challenge the main man.

Nobody was stopping Ken though, and he took an awesome win in front of an adoring crowd and was just pumped about it afterwards.

He said: “I’m stoked to have taken the win here in Madrid – the driving from the other competitors was awesome and the GRiD course was epic, I really enjoyed driving it.

“To take the win and have a €10,000 winners cheque to donate to the Keep A Breast Foundation that I’ve supported all year makes me very happy. Can’t wait to be back to race again next year!”

Ken took the supercar class victory but he wasn’t the only Monster Energy athlete to grace the top step – Luke Woodham fulfilled a personal dream by charging to victory in the RWD category.

He beat fellow Brit Adam Elder in a super-tight final run, leaving €5000 richer safe in the knowledge that he is now a Gymkhana GRiD winner.

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Block’s Ford Fiesta parked in front of the  Spanish crowd

In the AWD class it was Gymkhana veteran Dmitrij Sribnjy who got the glory, but there was major disappointment for World RX driver Reinis Nitiss.

The Latvian had major car troubles and had to pull out, meaning Dmitrij got the win to extend his awesome GRiD record.

Things didn’t run smoothly for Monster drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr and Liam Doran, who were both plagued by mechanical gremlins that affected their weekend.

Gettin Jr said: “I’m obviously gutted I couldn’t drive – it’s what I love to do, but watching all of these guys on the track was awesome.

“I can’t think of anywhere else other than Gymkhana GRiD where you can get the opportunity to drive against the best drivers in the world.”

Ken and Vaughn Gittin Jr discuss the day's events
Ken and Vaughn Gittin Jr discuss the day’s events

An A-List cast of motorsport heroes were in attendance on the day. Last year’s winner Nani Roma caught the action trackside, Terry Grant wowed the crowd with his stunt show, Steve ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni and Shane Lynch put on some epic drift demos while Fred Crosset had people in awe with his trials show.

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