Wednesday 27 June 2018

Grönholm RX aims to be more competitive in Sweden.


GRX Taneco are making the short journey to Holjes for the sixth round of the 2018 World Rallycross championship. The Swedish circuit is one of the most popular on the calendar for many drivers and fans alike. 

The two Hyundai i20 Supercars have proven to be competitive since their April début. 

GRX Taneco are the leading privateer outfit, placed fourth in the Team standings, a mere 98 points from the Peugeot Sport factory team (in 3rd). 

The Holjes circuit lies close to the Norway border, 200 km from Karlstad. The circuit is 60% asphalt and 40% dirt. It measures 1,210 metres long and has a very fast bend that leads into to the season’s biggest jump. The lap record stands at 41.448s.

Grönholm continued his unbroken semi-final run in Norway, and looks to continue the run in Sweden. “We’ve been competitive since the start of the season and we put in another good performance in Norway," said Grönholm. "Since then, we’ve been working hard for the Swedish race." 

Niclas Grönholm made it through the heats in the last two seasons while Timur Timerzyanov has qualified for the semi-final in Sweden three times since the World Championship began in 2014. Before the inception of the world championship, the Russian took three victories at Holjes in the European championship, in the Supercar (2012) and D1A (2009 and 2010) classes. 

Timur Timerzyanov
"Holjes is a great, very fast track. This is a huge event with a fantastic atmosphere and is perhaps my favourite race of the season," Grönholm added. "I hope we demonstrate our speed once again and close in on the factory teams.”

Timur Timerzyanov failed to qualify for the semi-final in Norway, due to transmission failure. The Russian aims to have a stronger weekend in Sweden.

“Holjes is a magical weekend, a race apart in the championship, a bit like Monaco in Formula One," said Timerzyanov. "Everyone wants to win here where the atmosphere is incredible, with so many fans present."

"We’re working really hard to put in some great performances,” the Russian added. 

Niclas Grönholm is seventh in the driver standings, and Timur Timerzyanov, 12th, they boast a total of nine semi-final qualifications and two final appearances since the start of the 2018 World RX season.

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