Ken Block kicked off the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross season by taking top honors in the season-opening race at the Bahia Mar Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Block held off strong charges from Formula 1 veterans Scott Speed and Nelson Piquet Jr, who completed the podium.
“Racing these two really talented tarmac drivers was really tough,” Block said. “They really pushed me and our team all weekend, and it was a lot of fun.
“It came down to starts, and I got lucky — I got quick on the starts, was able to put some good times in, and came out with the win. It’s a great way to start the year.”
Block, who finished third in his first heat after an aggressive overtake attempt on Speed put him into the tire barriers, took second place in the second round and converted the front row starting spot into a victory in his semifinal.
In the main event, Block used the Kobalt Tools Joker Lap immediately to grab the lead, then extended his gap over the field to take his fourth career Supercar victory.
In GRC Lites, Austin Cindric took a commanding victory in his first race for Olsbergs MSE, winning every on-track session he competed in. The American driver defeated Colombian Alejandro Fernandez and Swede Oliver Eriksson for the crown, heading home with the maximum 56 possible points.
1 Ken Block, Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
2 Scott Speed, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
3 Nelson Piquet Jr, SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
4 Sebastian Eriksson, Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
5 Tanner Foust, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
6 Austin Dyne, Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
7 Steve Arpin, Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
8 Victor Gonzalez Jr, Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster
9 Sverre Isachsen, Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
10 Bucky Lasek, Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI