Fans of Drift-meister Ken Block will have a chance to see him compete live in the UK – and even qualify to race against him this October.

There will be a series of five events across four countries, culminating in a grand finale that will feature Mr. Gymkhana himself. Taking entries for All-Wheel-Drive and Rear-Wheel-Drive, Ken Block will be joined by fellow king of drift Vaughn Gittin Jnr in handing out an invitation to all comers to face-off in the qualifying events. The winners from each qualifying event will get the chance to take on Ken (AWD) or Vaughn (RWD) in the Gymkhana grand-slam. Flame and Thunder in the UK will host the finals over the weekend of 27-28 October.

We quote the press release at this point. "The winners from the 2 classes will take away a hold-all of cash and, pending Royal attendance**, a Knighthood of the Realm." Note, that is their promise not ours. We disclaim responsibility for any nobility-related disappointments.

Qualifying events ahead of the finals on 27-28 October will take place at:

• International Motor Exhibition (France): 29 June – 01 July
• Trax (GB): 02 September
• Track Day (Germany): 08 September
• AutoMaxx (Holland): 16 September

To get in the mood, soak up the hype with this launch video.

** Long shot