American Ken Block, the runner-up in the 2006 US rally championship, and winner of the recent second round of the American Rally Championship, will drive a Sam Murray FRAM racing team car in half of this year’s six New Zealand Rally Championship rounds.

Block, who featured earlier this week on for his record breaking rally car jump, will start his campaign with the season-opening Rally of Otago on April 14-15.

The Subaru WRX STi he and regular co-driver, Italian born Alex Gelsomino, will share is similar to the car he rallies in the United States, right down to being left-hand drive.

However, it’s built to full Group N Production Car regulations, unlike the highly powered Open Class version Block drives in America.

That’s the reason Block views the New Zealand events as a good build-up to his plan to contest the Production Car World Rally Championship.

“One main reason I’m coming down to race is that I want more experience driving Group N production cars,” he says.

Block’s schedule also takes in the Whangarei round (May 11-13), and Rally of New Zealand on August 31-September 2. He may also contest the championship finale at Nelson.

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