Wednesday 9 May 2018

The Grönholm RX drivers continue the rise to the top


GRX TANECO Team have made a successful start to the 2018 FIA World Rallycross season. The team have qualified for the semi-final of the first two rounds, with Niclas Grönholm even making the final in Spain.

“The first rounds are close together but we have found time to work on the i20 Supercars and apply the lessons learned. We make improvements based on the feedback from Niclas and Timur," said Pinomäki, Team Manager. "Qualifying for the final in Spain is proof that the car is well-designed. The team is really motivated and we hope we’ll see the results of our hard work in Belgium.”

The 1,149-metre-long Mettet circuit, mere kilometres from the French border, comprises 61% asphalt and 41% dirt. The lap record stands at 38.074s.

“We have to find the right pace with the right settings to be competitive in Belgium. The circuit is like a rally special stage," said Grönholm. "We haven’t set a particular target for the third round. We just want to keep improving and not make mistakes. If we manage that, we could qualify for the final again.”

Timur Timerzyanov finished in 10th place at the Belgium round last year and looks to bag lots of points in the developing i20 Supercar.

“Mettet is a beautiful spot with a great atmosphere. The start line is very short towards a tight right-hander. The rest of the circuit is exciting, with jumps and chicanes," said Timerzyanov. "Our team has really come on since Portugal. There’s a good spirit. I’m optimistic and looking forward to getting out there. We’ll be on the attack, aiming to bag plenty of points.”

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