The American has been absent from the WRC since last year’s Rally Finland but impressed on his return, driving his Hoonigan Racing Division Fiesta RS to seventh with no pre-event testing.
“It’s funny because I started the rally just trying to enjoy myself on the stages and ended it with a good result,” he said. “It’s just one of those rallies that can take a lot of people out really fast and a conservative pace led to seventh overall.”
On his 20th event in a WRC car, Block came within three stages of taking sixth place but was unable to keep his former team-mate Chris Atkinson behind on the rally’s final day.
“Of course I’d have liked to have kept Chris behind but I didn’t want to push and make a mistake and go off,” said Block. “It’s been great though, I enjoyed it. We had a great battle with Benito [Guerra] and it was fun watching the times of the other drivers."
Block’s 2013 schedule of X Games, Global RallyCross championship and Rally America events means he has no more WRC outings planned – something he feels will limit his WRC potential.
“There is no way to match the top guys unless you have a good programme of rallies and plenty of testing,” he said. “I don't have enough testing. I can still be inside the top 10, which makes me happy. But sometimes I think what if, what if, what if..?”