Block Released from Hospital, Retires from Portugal

Ken Block and his co-driver Alex Gelsomino have now been released from hospital, following their accident in the Wednesday night shakedown of Rally Portugal. Neither of the two WRC competitors have suffered any injuries as a result of the crash.

The Monster Ford World Rally Team driver lost control of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC one mile into yesterday night's shakedown and rolled it 5 times before the car landing on its roof at the side of the road. Apparently, the American clipped the bank of a right-hand corner and that's what caused his car to lose contact with the road.

Taken immediately to the hospital after the crash as a precautionary measure, Glock and Gelsomino underwent some routine medical checks, after which they were cleared out.

The good news stops there however, as Block will be unable to resume action in this weekend's Rally Portugal. The car was so badly damaged that the mechanics couldn't have fixed it in time for today's opening stage of the rally in the capital city of Lisbon.

Ken's really bummed out that he's unable to compete here in Portugal, but this has been his first really big crash in a World Rally Car, so the main thing is that he's pleased he and Alex are okay,” said a a spokesman for Monster Ford World Rally Team.

And they are both 100 per cent fine, they went to hospital because it's better to be safe than sorry. They're heading home now to prepare for the next stop on our tour, which is Rally Argentina,” he added.
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