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The Finland-based team expanded to a two-car team in 2018 after acquiring a pair of former Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC cars rebuilt to rallycross specifications.
In 2018 the team came fourth in the World RX Teams’ standings, while in 2019 it climbed up to second, with Niclas Grönholm claiming a fourth place in the Drivers' Standings having claimed two-event wins and two other podium finishes. The Finn was regular in the finals and could have won the drivers' championship had he, not missed two events due to appendicitis surgery.
While Grönholm's teammate Timur Timerzyanov finished fifth overall in the drivers' standings, a noteworthy achievement was the Russians maiden claimed World RX win in Belgium.
"After two years of running, I can say that I am happy with our progressing performance, and I hope we can do even better in 2020," Marcus Grönholm, GRX Taneco Team Principal said.
"We have retained the driver line-up of Niclas and Timur, both of whom are fast and know the car extremely well, so we just need to keep our focus clear, stay out of trouble and hope that both drivers keep healthy this year. If we can succeed in all of this, the success will follow."
Over the course of the winter break, GRX Taneco worked on re-engineering various components of the Hyundai i20 and completing an extensive testing program, in order to perfect the performance of the team’s Supercars and prepare the drivers for the upcoming challenge.
"We had a strong package last year – the combination of the team, car, and drivers was a real fit, so I feel confident going into the 2020 season," said Niclas Grönholm. "Obviously, I’m hoping to continue where I left off in Cape Town last year."
"I also think we have focused on the right things during the winter break and feel that, as long as we continue our hard work, it will pay off in the best possible way. This will be one hell of a season for GRX Taneco."
Three-time European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov has been competing in rallycross since 2014 and claimed his maiden World Rallycross win at Spa-Francorchamps last year with GRX Taneco.
"For the third year in a row, I’m maintaining my FIA World RX commitment with GRX Taneco – a team with so much passion, hardworking people and really fast cars," he said.
"We’ve proven that we can win and fight for the titles, so in 2020 I will be even more focused and motivated on achieving my life-long dream."