Gronholm looking for the next level in Loheac

by Phil Kinch

Armed with an ex-WRC Hyundai i20 for his third season of World RX, Niclas Gronholm has been the fastest non works driver during the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship and with good reason.

With two Supercar Final appearances to his name so far this year, the GRX Taneco driver has been on a steady improvement over the past seven rounds and is now ready for the 2018 World RX of France.

Gronholm is ready to increase his level of performance at Loheac this weekend. Credit: Set Promotion.

“I think we’re capable of achieving a good result in France. The track suits the Hyundai i20 Supercar because it’s steady-going in that there are no tight corners,” explains Gronholm.

“I’ve been training hard at the wheel during the break. I’m looking forward to the race and feel ready to move up to the next level!”

Gronholm is the highest placed non works driver in the Drivers Championship in eighth place on eighty six points, behind Kevin Hansen in the third Team Peugeot Total entry on eighty eight points.

Gronholm has taken the fight to the works teams this year and will do so again in Loheac. Credit: Set Promotion

As the season begins to wind up to its climax, the former Finnish Rallycross Champion has five events to overhaul Hansen and five more chances of making the Supercar Final.

Having settled well with the ex-WRC Hyundai i20 so far, Gronholm is looking at his best season yet in World RX with his giant killing performances for his fathers team.

When you consider that GRX Taneco is running on a much smaller budget compared to the might of PSRX Volkswagen Sweden, EKS Audi Sport and Team Peugeot Total, their results look all the more impressive. Loheac presents another chance for Gronholm to shine and he’ll take that chance with open arms.

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