Saturday 24th of November 2018

Finland’s Niclas Gronholm is statistically the most improved driver of the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship over his performance the previous year and enters the final round of the season at the World RX of South Africa in Cape Town in the hunt for his first career podium.

Driving GRX Taneco Team’s Hyundai i20 Supercar, Gronholm is seventh in the points and has finished fourth in the final three times this year, in Catalunya-Barcelona, Latvia and Germany. He wants to go one better at the Killarney International Raceway. “I hope we can get a podium this weekend – it’s been close a few times this year but we’ve been working hard during the break we had between Germany and South Africa so I hope we’re ready to do it,” he said. “The track is quite fun, it has a good mixture of gravel and tarmac, the start is uphill and it makes for good racing. I have had time since Germany to get myself ready physically and mentally, and to think about 2019. I’m sure we will race and we have plans for next year. We’re working to be back and improve the car.”

Gronholm’s GRX team mate Timur Timerzyanov 10th in the World RX Drivers’ Championship standings and the team sits fourth in the Teams’ points. The team mates will start in Q1 Race Three (Gronholm) and Race Four (Timerzyanov) today in Cape Town.


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