Watch: Helmet cam captures rally driver’s horrifying escape from blazing car after high-speed crash

A rally driver has somehow managed to walk away unscathed from a terrifying high-speed crash that saw his car catch on fire while he was still inside.

Ken Block was racing in a 1991 Ford Escort in the New England Forest Rally in the US State of Maine on Sunday when he clipped a rock and flipped his car.

The car rolled twice before landing on its wheels.

Block was looking to continue racing after the incident until he noticed the car was on fire, prompting him and navigator Alex Gelsomino to make a quick escape.

The 50-year-old managed to capture the entire experience on his helmet camera, sharing the vision on social media after the two-day event.

"WILD day for Alex Gelsomino and I," Block posted on Instagram.

"We were running in 3rd overall in the New England Forest Rally (with a gear box problem), pressing on to finish Stage 4 when I turned into a tighter left corner and downshifted.

"The box didn’t shift when I wanted it to (because mechanical issue), and when it finally did, it threw me into the inside of a corner and into a big rock.

"That rock sent us rolling over twice. We landed on our wheels, and I was ready to get going again because we were shiny side up.

"Buuuut as you can see, a fire started REALLY quick. Alex and I got out safely, but the car thoroughly burned right there on the stage.

"Such a bummer. These photos suck, and it was torturous to watch the car burn (it took a while), but that’s racing."


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Shane van Gisbergen denies Kiwi rival Scott McLaughlin perfect weekend, wins second race in Ipswich

The gloves are officially off in the Supercars title fight after Shane van Gisbergen hit back at series leader Scott McLaughlin in today's Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway.

Holden's Van Gisbergen got the jump on pole-sitter McLaughlin at the start of the Ipswich round's 200km finale and went on claim the chequered flag by more than two seconds ahead of the Ford star.

Ford's Chaz Mostert was third, his first podium since last October's Gold Coast 600.

The stage is now set for a championship dog fight between 2016 series winner van Gisbergen and McLaughlin, who narrowly missed claiming his debut drivers' title last year.

Van Gisbergen's fourth win of the year has whittled McLaughlin's series lead down to just 131 points with seven of the season's 16 rounds remaining.

"That (start) dictates the race here," van Gisbergen said.

"If we start up there (front) we can race with them (McLaughlin's Ford).

"The cars are very even but we are missing something in qualifying consistency - we needed to get that start.

"But I am enjoying the title fight."

It was a shot in the arm for van Gisbergen after McLaughlin appeared unstoppable at Ipswich.

McLaughlin claimed pole before leading Saturday's 39-lap race from start to finish to beat van Gisbergen home by more than four seconds.

And the flying Kiwi looked set to deliver more of the same in today's 65-lap race after again taking out pole position.

It was his 10th pole of the year in 20 races, taking his career haul to 43 and equal third overall on the all-time list with Craig Lowndes.

But van Gisbergen wasn't to be denied on Sunday.

He enjoyed a blistering start for the second straight day, getting the jump on McLaughlin to snatch the lead by the first turn.

It followed Saturday's heroics in the opening 120km event where van Gisbergen remarkably moved from eighth to third on the first lap, eventually finishing second.

Today's race lead changed hands as both drivers used different tyre and fuel strategies.

But van Gisbergen emerged seconds ahead of McLaughlin after his second and final pit stop midway through the 65-lap race and was never headed.

"From here on I will just press on, take it as it comes. There's a lot more points on offer but I am excited about our car pace," McLaughlin said of the title fight.

Holden star Jamie Whincup finished fourth in the 27-strong field with sentimental favourite Craig Lowndes eighth.

Appearing at his 22nd and final Ipswich round, Lowndes, 44, is enjoying a Supercars swan song after announcing two weeks ago that he would retire from full-time racing at season's end.

The next round is the Sydney SuperNight 300 from August 3-4.


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Scott McLaughlin continues dominant weekend, claims pole position again for second Ipswich SuperSprint race

Supercars series leader Scott McLaughlin has claimed yet another pole position at the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway.

The Ford gun clocked one minute 08.49 seconds to top qualifying ahead of Holden's Shane van Gisbergen and Ford's Chaz Mostert for the round's 65-lap finale starting at 3:05pm NZT.

Remarkably it was McLaughlin's 10th pole of 2018 before the year's 20th race.

Still buzzing from his start to finish win in Saturday's 39-lap opener, McLaughlin took pole by 0.04 from his nearest title threat van Gisbergen.

Seven-time series champion Jamie Whincup was seventh fastest while crowd favourite Craig Lowndes will start eighth on the grid.

Lowndes is the sentimental favourite for today's race at his 22nd and final Ipswich round.

The 44-year-old is enjoying a Supercars swansong after announcing two weeks ago that he would retire from full-time racing at season's end.

But the man to beat is McLaughlin.

The flying Kiwi is on a high after claiming pole and clinching Saturday's opening race by more than four seconds from van Gisbergen.

It extended his series lead over his fellow New Zealander from 131 to 143 points.

"Everything's good. We're very happy...so we'll get after it today," McLaughlin said.

"The car was a bit looser today.

"It was a bit harder, so we need to work on that but I think we've got a really good shot today."

Scott McLaughlin of DJR Team Penske during the Coateshire Newcastle 500,  at the , Newcastle, New South Wales, November 24, 2017. Copyright photo: Clay Cross / www.photosport.nz
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