Stop any driver in this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship Supercar paddock, and ask them how they got there; chances are the answer will be reasonably similar. A bold claim, maybe, but when you consider half of the current crop of Supercar drivers hail from Scandinavia, and cut their teeth in the junior classes of rallying, rallycross, or Swedish folkrace, a pattern starts to emerge. So imagine the shake-up then, when a driver from America best known for his stunt driving exploits – which have shut down the city centers of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and most recently Dubai – announces that he is taking on the 2016 World RX Championship, with full factory backing from one of the largest car manufacturers in the world. Better still, he has come from an action sports background, co-founded a multi million dollar shoe brand, and has marketed his own style of performance driving – known to its fans as ‘Gymkhana’. The driver in this instance is of course Ken Block, and more specifically we are talking about his decision to step away from the US-based Global Rallycross Championship, and partner Ford Performance to race in the rival FIA series – held at venues throughout Europe, Canada and Argentina.