American rally and extreme sports star Ken Block is close to a deal to join the World Rally Championship in a new Ford team, this week’s AUTOSPORT magazine reveals.

Former Subaru driver Chris Atkinson has been lined up as Block’s team-mate in the all-new Monster Energy Drink World Rally Team.

blockThe three-year deal, which is likely to be agreed in the next month, would offer the World Rally Championship the chance to break into the all important North American market – a move seen as pivotal to the sport’s development.

The deal, which is being brokered by Block’s management team Wasserman Media Group, is reckoned to be one of the most significant in the sport’s history.

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