Ken Block brought Gymkhana to the masses through his viral videos on YouTube which have gained over 300 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 predetermined sequence of drifts, figure 8s, donuts and slaloms.
Gymkhana GRiD made its international debut at X Games in Los Angeles in 2013. It is now open to all those who dare to compete against other motoring enthusiasts in their own specially modified cars.
Drivers have competed for a coveted space at qualifying rounds throughout the year at circuits in the UK, Ireland and Denmark.
Gymkhana requires not only physical driving skills, but also mental training, as drivers must memorize the course and sequences with the aim of setting the quickest time.
Held on a open space of asphalt, each driver must record a time by completing a lap of 2 custom designed courses.
The Gymkhana GRiD course features obstacles including cones, tyres, barrels, a K-rail and a giant race seat, which the drivers have to manoeuvre around with the least amount of mistakes.
Split into two classes, drivers go head to head in All Wheel Drive (AWD) and Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) tyre slaying machinery.
Riku Tahko – AWD
Age: 31 Key
National rally winner 2006
FIA Winter cup 4th 2007
Finnish championship medalist 2012 WRC Mini Driver 2012-2013
G Series Duelo Winner, Andorra 2015
Car: WRX Mini
Did you know…
At the 2015 Gymkhana GRiD Final, hosted at Santa Pod in the UK, Riku won the invitational RX150 Buggy Class.