Lia Block is to make her Extreme E Debut at the Island X Prix which will take place in Sardina, Italy, this weekend.
Lia, Daughter of the late legend Ken Block, will be joining Carl Cox Motorsport in replacement of Christine GZ.
Lia Block said about joining the team “I am thrilled to be making my Extreme E debut at the next round in Sardinia for the Island X Prix.
“It is a huge opportunity to race for Carl Cox Motorsport and I cannot wait to get behind the wheel and out on the course. I am eager to do my best for the team and score some good results.
“I am really looking forward to working alongside Timo [Scheider], who I have known for years, and the rest of the team – it is going to be my first race outside of the USA, and up against so many big names in the sport, but I am looking forward to the challenge and keen to get started.”
This news is something poetical as her Father tested the Odyssey 21 in the last stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, and set the 3rd Fastest time in the Electrical Rally Car. Now its time to see what the young gun can do with the 544bhp that will be under her right foot.
Lia is just 16 years of age and has already got a pedigree in rallying in the American Rally Association and off road racing competing in Nitrocross NEXT. She will be partnering Timo Scheider for the rest of the 2023 season.
Carl Cox, Team Boss and Founder of Carl Cox Motorsport, added: “It is great to be able to welcome Lia into the team for the next round in Sardinia.
“We have been watching Lia for a while as she has already demonstrated enormous potential behind the wheel. When she became available ahead of the upcoming Island X Prix we were keen to bring her into the team, and we’re looking forward to seeing how she fares alongside Timo.
“She has already been mentored by some Extreme E greats in Tanner [Foust] and Andreas [Bakkerud], so has learnt from the very best and is eager to show what she can do.”
James Taylor, Chief Championship Officer at Extreme E, said: “We are delighted that Lia will be making her Extreme E debut in Sardinia.
“Lia is a huge motorsport talent and her career to date has been extremely impressive. She will join a world-class group of drivers on the Extreme E roster, but I am sure will not be daunted out on the course.
“Lia’s arrival into Extreme E is a particularly evocative moment for us given her father, Ken, was the first driver to race our car, when he raced a stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally.”
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F1 Journal / Journalist