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"We’re all excited to go back racing after the first few weeks of the summer break," said Team Manager Jussi Pinomäki. "The race track in Trois-Rivières is really unique and we will need to work hard to reach the result we are lusting for, but I am confident that the team and the cars are ready for the challenge."
The Trois-Rivières street circuit is the longest of the year at 1.37km's in length and features a 400 m long straight, allowing the cars to reach speeds of very 200 km/h. Despite the highspeed nature of the circuit, it's rather easy to make a mistake with walls on either side to penalize the slightest mistake.
Niclas Grönholm heads to Trois-Rivières fourth in the championship standings, 35 points behind championship leader Kevin Hansen. The Finn is fully charged and ready to hit the ground running in Canada.
"I’m really looking forward to the race in Canada - I think we have a good car for the track," said Grönholm. "I like racing at Trois-Rivières even though it is very tricky in some places and since this is a street circuit, there is no room for errors."
"It’s been a long break from racing now, my ‘batteries’ are fully charged and motivation is high."
Grönholm's team-mate Timur Timerzyanov is confident that despite Rallycross being relatively new to North America, this weekend's action-packed racing can grow more interest in the sport.
"Rallycross for North America is still a relatively new thing and I am glad that we can show Canadians how exciting it is," said Timerzyanov. "There is always plenty of action and great racing at Trois-Rivières, with sudden weather changes possibly mixing up the field even more."
TEXT - Junaid Samodien