Monday 16 April 2018

A satisfying start to the World RX championship for GRX TANECO.

Niclas Gröholm driving his Hyundai i20 Supercar in tricky conditions on Saturday
GRX TANECO aimed to qualify both Hyundai i20 Supercars in the semi-final for its first participation in the World Rallycross championship. But Niclas Grönholm’s strong performance throughout the weekend saw the team qualify for the final. 

After a shaky start and a spin in Q1, Grönholm took P6 in the second qualifying session.
“Q1 didn’t work out as planned. The windscreen was steamed up and I couldn’t see much. Q2 was better. Despite a few minor errors, I got a good result”, Grönholm said.

Timur Timerzyanov banked tenth and then twelfth place in his Hyundai Supercar. Far from satisfied with his first day, he was back at the front of the field on Sunday, winning his race and claiming the seventh best time of Q3. His Q4 performance having clinched a place in the semi-finals, he was classed fourth, just missing out on the final. “I’m satisfied with my first race with GRX TANECO", said Timerzyanov. "We had a difficult first day on Saturday but I made up for the lost time and gradually felt more at ease in the car. The team had the podium in its sights right from the first race and that’s an excellent sign for the rest of the season.” 

Niclas put in a consistent performance and was strong on Sunday, finishing the two qualifying rounds in the top five and clinching a place in the final. “I knew we had the potential to qualify for the semi-finals, though it was more difficult than I expected", Grönholm said. "The final was a real bonus for me. We didn’t perform as well as I’d have hoped, finishing fourth, but I think we can be satisfied with our first race with the team and the car.”

GRX TANECO head to round two of the World Rallycross championship in Portugal, in 4th place in a Teams' Championship standings, with both drivers Niclas Grönholm and Timur Timerzyanov, in 5th and 9th place in the Drivers' championship.

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