Hoonigans, rejoice: Ken Block is returning to stage rally once again in 2019.
Announced on YouTube earlier today, the Cossie World Tour is the latest of Block’s series of racing and media projects, and will see him return to the seat of a Ford Escort Cosworth once again this year for a truly international slate of events. Starting with next month’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, Block will visit numerous prestigious events the world over, bringing Group A-era machinery to a number of his favorite rallies and a few events he hasn’t yet entered.
“The Cossie World Tour is myself and my team taking a 1990s Ford Escort Cosworth out to events around the world that I’ve always really wanted to do,” said Block. “In 2019, I’m going to do seven or eight races, showcasing this rad, older WRC car in some of the coolest events in the world.”
Block’s 2019 event schedule, as it currently stands, is as follows:
- March 16-17: Rally in the 100 Acre Wood (United States)
- May 4-6: Rally Whangarei (New Zealand)
- June 14-16: Donegal International Rally (Ireland)
- July 4-7: Goodwood Festival of Speed (Great Britain)
- September 8: Gymkhana Grid (Poland)
- October 13-14: Rallylegend (Italy)
- October 18-20: Rallye International du Valais (Switzerland)
The Head Hoonigan in Charge had a busy 2018, not only with the filming of Gymkhana 10 and its accompanying documentary The Gymkhana Files, but also multiple stage rally and rallycross commitments. He scored multiple podiums in the inaugural Americas Rallycross season on the way to fourth place in the championship, and made his FIA World Rally Championship return in Spain. In stage rally, he earned an overall podium in his original Escort Cosworth at Oregon Trail Rally before the car caught fire at New England Forest Rally, forcing him to cancel an appearance in Idaho.
Block’s 2019 calendar leads with strength. He’s the all-time winningest driver at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, with seven victories in eight tries at the event; it’ll be his first appearance there since 2014. He’s also the 2015 winner of Rally Whangarei, one of two visits he paid to New Zealand that year.
While the Cossie World Tour video said that his Swiss event commitment is still pending, Block also hinted at the possibility of multiple additional events being added to his schedule later in the year. Although he has not yet committed to returning to rallycross, where he partnered with Steve Arpin at Loenbro Motorsports in 2018, Block’s current event schedule does not conflict with any rounds on the 2019 ARX calendar.