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  • “This sport offers something very untraditional with your car. It offers an easy entry point for people to just go out and have some fun with their cars where they don’t need millions of dollars.”  

    Vaughn Gittin Jr.
  • “With Gymkhana GRiD it’s a different driving element, it’s not just aggressive, flat-out and smoking your tyres. You have to be controlled, smooth, fast. You have to combine all the different elements of driving and then hopefully it’s enough to get you a good placing.” 

    Luke Woodham
  • “For me, Gymkhana GRiD is the pinnacle of this type of motorsport. The fact that Ken Block comes to the final to race against you, a guy in a street car, you just wouldn’t get that in any other sport.” 

    Jake Archer
  • “I’ve done some sprint and some drag racing in the past but Gymkhana was an event where you had to find a very fine balance and that’s what makes it so special and different from other competitions. The Final is the event I have waited 12 months for and I can’t wait for it.” 

    Dmitrij Sribnjy

About Gymkhana GRiD

A few years ago, Ken Block brought his Gymkhana brand to the masses, through his viral videos on YouTube. These videos have set the standard as to what Ken sees as a modern interpretation of a traditional form of racing and in turn have gained over 270 million views worldwide.

Gymkhana GRiD is Ken Block’s own style of Gymkhana autocross – a form of motorsport where drivers must negotiate a high-speed precision driving course with a pre-determined sequence of drifts, figure 8s, donuts and slaloms.

Gymkhana requires not only physical driving skills, but also mental training, as drivers must memorize the course and sequences with an aim of setting the quickest time.

Ken’s take on the sport introduces much bigger courses that require high horsepower cars to attain a fast time, calling upon all skills from drifting to rally racing to all-out time attack. Only the most well rounded drivers will prevail.

In 2014 Gymkhana GRiD – The European Gauntlet travelled to France and Germany for two qualifying rounds – with the best drivers progressing to the Final in Madrid where a shot at competing against Ken Block or Vaughn Gittin Jr. was up for grabs.

An epic final in Madrid saw KB blow the field away with some vintage tyre-shredding brilliance. Since then GRiD has travelled Europe and slayed rubber from Denmark to Wembley. 2016 sees GRiD break new ground yet again, hosting it’s European Gauntlet Final in Greece on the 29th and 30th of October. 

Gymkhana GRiD Explained

Making its international debut at X Games in Los Angeles in 2013, Gymkhana GRiD is all about speed and precision. Open to all those who dare to compete against other petrol heads in their own specially modified cars.

Held on a 100 metre x 100 metre open space of asphalt called the GRiD, each driver must record a time by completing a lap of two custom designed courses which include a pre-determined sequence of drifts, figure 8s, donuts, and slaloms. Split into two classes, drivers go head to head in All Wheel Drive (AWD) and Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) tyre slaying machinery.

The Gymkhana GRiD course itself features obstacles associated with the many sponsors of the series – including a giant race seat! – plus cones, tyres, barrels and K-rail, which the drivers manoeuvre around with the least amount of mistakes. Drivers must perform reversals, 180-degree spins, 360-degree spins, parking boxes, figure 8s and other advanced manoeuvres. Drifting is also encouraged where helpful or necessary.

The head-to-head rounds comprise of two runs, with competitors paired up from a lottery-style selection process. The slower driver will be eliminated, with the quicker driver progressing through to the next round. The eventual winner of each class will take on the head Hoonigan in Charge Ken Block (AWD) and his chosen pro team mate (RWD) at the last races of the event.

About GRiD Founder Ken Block

In 2005, DC Shoes co-founder Ken Block decided to pursue a childhood dream: becoming a professional rally driver. Upon completing his first year of racing, he was awarded the title of “Rookie of the Year” by Rally America. Since then, Block has continued to race in the series, racking up numerous overall wins as well as plenty of podium appearances. He’s also accumulated five X Games medals since the start of his career, including most recently taking silver at Global X Games Barcelona RallyCross in 2013.

In addition to his performance in the car, Block has been a driving force in shedding light on the sport of rally within the United States. His keen branding and marketing acumen, combined with his talents and skills behind the wheel, has also allowed Block to achieve global fame as a rally driver through his wildly successful viral Gymkhana series of videos. With all six of his Gymkhana videos (plus all associated edits) clocking in at over 250 million views on the franchise in total, they have helped put Block in front of eyeballs around the world. The franchise has also racked up several awards, including making the top 10 viral video charts by Ad Age, as well as the One Show Interactive Gold Pencil Award in the category of Online Films & Video/Long Form – Single, for excellence in an advertising campaign.

In January 2010, Block formed the Monster World Rally Team and signed with Ford to pursue his dreams of racing in the World Rally Championship and in doing so, became one of only four Americans to ever score points in the WRC (more Americans have actually landed on the moon than scored points in the WRC). Additionally, his signing with Ford included campaigning domestically in racing (Global RallyCross Championship, X Games and Rally America), as well as continuing with his Gymkhana driving. In 2012, Block re-named his team Hoonigan Racing Division, with the goal to further push the boundaries of motorsports marketing. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Block dedicated himself to competing in the Global Rallycross Championship, finishing second overall in 2015, all while continuing to create installments in his Gymkhana video franchise, most recently with Gymkhana EIGHT: – Ultimate Exotic Playground; Dubai.

For 2016, Block will be racing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in his all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the Gymkhana GRID final in Europe and creating a few video projects.