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first_imgIf you’re a rally enthusiast, you already know about Ken Block. Not counted among rally legends like Colin McRae, Sébastien Loeb and Tommi Mäkinen, Block managed to carve out a niche of his own in motorsports. A story that began in 2008 as a fun video on an abandoned airfield,,If you’re a rally enthusiast, you already know about Ken Block. Not counted among rally legends like Colin McRae, Sébastien Loeb and Tommi Mäkinen, Block managed to carve out a niche of his own in motorsports. A story that began in 2008 as a fun video on an abandoned airfield, drifting the tyres off a Subaru Impreza rally car, gained unprecedented fame on YouTube. The video has since got over 15 million views. Back then, Block was the co-owner of DC shoes, but now he is fully committed to Hoonigan Racing Division.The Gymkhana series of videosnine till datehas grown from fairly basic camerawork to state-of-the-art filming. The latest video features a run on the famous Pikes Peak albeit this being Block’s version of the annual hill climb. All that goes into making such epic videos has been documented in Amazon Prime’s eight-episode series, The Gymkhana Filesthe team, the driver and the effort put in by the Hoonigan team.Associated with the Japanese carmaker from his rallycross days, Block began his videos with Subarus, gradually adding various versions of the Ford Fiesta. Gymkhana 9 showcased a 2016 Ford Focus RS RX, which produced 600 bhp and 650 Nm of torque, and claimed to achieve 0-60 mph (97 kmph) under two seconds. Block and the Hoonigan Racing Division created a monster named Hoonicorn RTR. The car was unveiled in the Gymkhana 7 video, with only vague resemblance to a Mustang. It used a naturally-aspirated Roush Yates 6.7-litre V8 engine, developing 845 bhp and 720 Nm of torque. Now in its second version, the Hoonicorn needed an upgrade. The engine was upgraded with a twin-turbo set-up. These and more changes resulted in a mega 1,400 bhp and 1,250 Nm set-up.advertisementThe Amazon series serves not only as a recap of those milestones but also as a curtain-raiser for the 10th edition of the Gymkhana videos, which is set to release on December 7. The video will also debut a special build, a 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck, as a tribute to Block’s father who owned the same base truck.last_img read more

Kyle Edmund battles to first victory over Novak Djokovic in Madrid Open

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Britain’s Kyle Edmund secured one of the biggest victories of his career by defeating the former world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Madrid Open.Edmund had never won a set in his previous three matches against Djokovic but deservedly came out on top in a high-quality contest lasting an hour and 42 minutes. Share on Pinterest news Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Tennis Since you’re here… Topics Kyle Edmund … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email The 23-year-old Briton saved three break points in the deciding set to seal a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 victory and set up a meeting with the eighth seed, David Goffin, in the last 16. Edmund made the ideal start with a break of serve in the opening game and, although Djokovic immediately hit back, Edmund broke twice more to take the first set.Djokovic looked to be getting back to somewhere near his best as he took the second set in style to set up a decider, but Edmund recovered from 0-40 down in the fifth game to remain in front and then claimed the decisive break before serving out for the match.“It was a great experience first of all to beat Novak, I’ve lost to him three times,” Edmund told Sky. “He’s a legend so your first match when you share the court is an experience but now, especially after reaching the semis of the Australian Open, it’s time to try and beat these guys and I was very pleased today how I managed my game, especially in the third set.“After Australia I got a little bit ill and didn’t have a great run of results until I reached my first final [in Morocco] so it’s nice to come out here and beat a top player like Novak. I knew rallying with him and trying to beat him at his own game I wasn’t going to win, so it was important to be expressive.”The win is likely to take Edmund, who has risen to British No 1 during the extended absence of Andy Murray, inside the world’s top 20 for the first time next week. “It was a goal of mine to get inside the top 20, there’s no reason why I couldn’t,” he said. “You have to set targets and I thought that was a very realistic target, so I’m pleased it’s happened. But you know the way the tennis world works, you reach a target but it doesn’t stop and you keep trying to get better.” PA Andy Murray will have to remodel his game again, whenever he returns Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Kevin Mitchell Read more Novak Djokovic Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more