Double WRC champion Marcus Gronholm is back as he races at this week’s RallyX Nordic at Holjes. His son Niclas Gronholm will compete too in what is being dubbed as the All-Star weekend.
Marcus will take part in the Legends Race whilst Niclas will be driving in the primary RallyX Nordic category.
The GRX Taneco team will be supplying the car and both drivers will use the same car for their races. GRX are using the event as part of pre-season testing in order to prepare themselves for the start of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in August.
Niclas said: It’s going to be awesome to finally get back to racing and rallycross! It’s been a long break for the sport’s world and way too long time out of the Hyundai for me personally.
“But that’s behind us and now I’m very much looking forward to get out on the track and face many of my racing friends again. I expect the racing to be very tough in Höljes so it will be a great chance for us to get ready for the upcoming World RX season, shake off the “rust” and test our updated car.”
The Legends Race will feature great drivers and champions from the past and Marcus is excited to put the racing gear back on one more time.
“This is not a comeback – I promised my family to stop permanent racing already some time ago. But as an one-off event, with fast cars and many great drivers, Höljes will be great fun and I’m looking forward to enjoy every bit of it in our GRX Hyundai i20 Supercar.
With just seven weeks until the start of the World RX season, GRX Taneco Team Manager Jussi Pinomäki says the data collected from the car will be vital: “The ‘winter’ break has been very long and it has also been a difficult period for the team, but I’m glad to see that we can get back to racing and hopefully it will give us more positives in the coming months.
“Niclas and Marcus will push the car to its limits in a very real racing environment, giving us a real data to work with and allowing us to be better prepared for the World RX season.”
RallyX Nordic ‘All Star’ Magic Weekend event begins this Thursday featuring two RallyX Nordic rounds and one Legends Race competition.