The 2019 FIA World Rallycross Championship comes to an end this weekend at the Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town, and GRX Taneco are heading to the season finale with one target in mind "winning".
GRX Taneco is currently placed second in the Teams' Standings, while Niclas Grönholm in fourth and Timur Timerzyanov sixth in the drivers' championship.
Its a story of what could have been had Grönholm not missed two championship rounds earlier this season. Upon his return from appendicitis surgery, the Finn claimed the Norwegian event win after Anton Marklund was disqualified for a technical infringement.
Last time out in Latvia, he claimed a strong second-place finish behind championship leader Timmy Hansen. This weekend, however, Niclas has one target and that is to win.
"It’s been a long break since Latvia and I can’t wait to race in South Africa," the Finn said. "Sure, it’s a bit sad that I don’t have so much at stake in this race, but on the other hand I want to end the season on a high and win the race, so I will go All-in."
The 2019 Hyundai i20 Supercar powered their drivers to 7 podium finishes and 2 event wins.
"It has been a very strong season for us, with my first World RX win at SPA and always fighting for the Top positions," said Timur Timerzyanov.
GRX Taneco did not have an easy run at the 2018 World RX of South Africa failing to crack the top 10, but in 2019 they have been among the strongest teams on the grid.
The Killarney International Raceway (rallycross track) is 1,067 km in length and has a 60%/40% split between tarmac and gravel sections.
"Cape Town is quite interesting track and we have seen some memorable moments there in the past, and I hope for a good show this year – hopefully we get to play the lead part in the race results," Timerzyanov adds.
Jussi Pinomäki, GRX Team Manager believes that his team can give the top teams a good run for their money in Cape Town.
"Even though we are not in the Driver’s Title fight anymore, we will give those guys a run for their money and I am confident that our drivers, our cars and crew will perform at the highest," he said.
Written By - Junaid Samodien