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The team has qualified for the semi-finals each time, and are constantly improving, having claimed a place in the final on three occasions and clinched a worthy fourth place in Latvia.
The World RX of USA is a new step on the learning curve for the Finnish team. Held at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, the tenth round of the season is a highlight on the calendar, and all competitors will have set the bar high.
“This is a brand new race for all of us, so we’re all on an equal footing. It is also set to be a tough race for the drivers and their cars," said Grönholm. "The circuit is a short 812 metres so we can expect it to be very closely fought with some fierce tussles."
The narrow track is 60% asphalt and 40% dirt, and covers just 812 metres. Temperatures are expected to be high, adding to the difficulty for the drivers and the cars in a race where resilience and consistency will be key to success.
“The American race is a new challenge for all of us. It’s a very short, narrow, slippery track. Temperatures are going to be high so it’s going to be a very demanding weekend," said Timerzyanov.
Fourth in the Latvian round, Niclas Grönholm is keener than ever to make it onto the podium at the World RX of America. "It promises to be a thrilling weekend and after our performance in Latvia, we feel confident and raring to go," the Finn says. "We’re aiming for another place in the final.”
Timur Timerzyanov reached the semis in Latvia and currently sits ninth in the standings. He is hoping to bag a place in the final this weekend.
"After the contact in the semi-final in Latvia, there was quite a bit of damage to the #7 and the team has been working flat out to get the car ready on time," says Timerzyanov. :"So that’s one more reason to give it our all and reap the rewards from our efforts.”