|PHOTO CREDIT: GRX Taneco.|
Former GRC champion Joni Wiman will join the Finnish squad in Belgium in third Hyundai i20 Supercar.
Permanent driver Niclas Grönholm is currently second in the FIA World RX championship standings heading into round three.
“Beginning of the season has been quite challenging with close battles for positions. We can see that we have the potential to be on the top step of the podium, but so far we’ve had some misfortunes," said Grönholm.
“There is no time to be stuck in the past, so we keep our heads up and go to SPA with a high motivation.”
The all-new Benelux rallycross track is just 913 meters in length, making it the shortest of the season. The track is incorporated within the iconic Formula 1 circuit and includes one of the most famous corners in motorsport - Eau Rouge.
“I’m pretty excited about World RX heading to the famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, and the fact the we will go flat out through the legendary Eau Rouge, gives me goose bumps already," said Timerzyanov.
The Russian is currently placed sixth in the drivers' championship standings, but is under no illusion that it will be an easy weekend at the new World RX venue.
"Putting the emotional thrill aside – it’s a new venue for everyone and it all will come down to being able to figure out the right set-up in the few Free Practice laps.” .
GRX Taneco's third driver, former GRC champion Joni Wiman is confident that he can use previous rallycross experience to get up to speed in Belgium.
“I have raced many of these World RX drivers in various situations and I know there won’t be any giveaways, but I am confident, that combined with the experience of GRX, I will be up to pace,” said Wiman.
TEXT - Junaid Samodien