GRX TANECO: DRIVER LINEUP IN FOCUS
Friday 15th of February 2019
GRX Taneco will field three drivers in FIA World Rallycross Championship events this season, with Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss joining Finland’s Niclas Gronholm and Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov, so we thought we’d take a look back at the World RX highlights for each driver.
First Blood to Russia
Following back-to-back titles in the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar, Timerzyanov drove for Team Peugeot-Hansen in the first ever World Rallycross Championship and lead after Q2 on Day One at the first round. He later finished on the podium in Canada.
The Russian challenged Andreas Bakkerud for victory at the World RX of Norway in 2016, before being forced out by a puncture, but is probably most famous for an impressive pair of rolls, at Hockenheim and in Norway while driving for the Olsbergs MSE team in 2015 when he twice finished the race after landing on his wheels.
On to the Scene with a Bang
Gronholm’s debut in a World RX event was actually in the RX Lites Cup (now known as the RX2 International Series). Racing in the support class in his home round at Kouvola, Finland, Gronholm made it to the podium, beating later World RX team mate Kevin Eriksson as Kevin Hansen won the final.
That Illusive Podium
He made his World RX Supercar debut in 2015 at Holjes, then came close to finishing on the podium for the first time at Estering in Germany in 2017 racing a Ford Fiesta for the GRX team. Last season, Gronholm just missed out on a podium finish more times than any other driver. He was fourth in the final three times, and will be right in the hunt this season.
Youngest Ever Winner
Latvia’s Reinis Nitiss became the youngest driver to win a World RX Final in Norway in 2014. Driving for the Olsbergs MSE team, he won the third round at Hell, beating Norway’s Petter Solberg in the process. He went on to finish the season third in the drivers’ points.
Reigning European Champion
Switching to the Munnich Motorsport team in a development year for the Seat Ibiza Supercar in 2016, Nitiss’ best event was last with the team, when he made the final at Loheac in France and finished fifth. After year driving for EKS in World RX, Nitiss returned to Euro RX to race in Supercar and won three rounds to take the title with a victory at his home round in Latvia.
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