GRX TAKES FINNISH CHAMP RYTKONEN FOR KOUVOLA
Tuesday 4th of August 2020
Finland’s Juha Rytkönen, a double Finnish Rallycross Champion, will race a Hyundai i20 Supercar in his home rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Kouvola on August 29-30.
Rytkönen will drive the Gronholm RX Hyundai i20 that Krisztian Szabo will race a week earlier at Holjes in Sweden, both entered by GRX SET. Since moving to rallycross from stage rallying in Finland, Rytkönen has claimed two Finnish rallycross, winning the Supercar Championship in 2019 in a Ford Fiesta.“I’m extremely grateful to have this opportunity to race in the highest level of rallycross. Even more so – to race in Finland, at my favourite track and with a Finnish team is very exciting. After two years of racing at national and regional level, I feel I need to take the next step. Sure, to have one of the best cars at my disposal for this race also brings great responsibility, but I am ready to learn from the experienced GRX drivers and engineers and give my best at every single moment,” said Rytkönen, who will drive together with Finland’s Niclas Gronholm and Russia’s Timur Timerzyanov in the GRX team.
SET Promotion boss and GRX Taneco Team Manager Jussi Pinomaki said: “Juha has progressed impressively in his rallycross career so far. His, and his partners’, mature approach of building Juha's career has impressed us, and we felt this is a story we really want to be a part of. Juha's experience from various different cars in the past, combined with his humble attitude, will give him a solid base to continue developing further. We as a team will try to help him with our experience in the best way we can, and hopefully we are able to progress through the weekend and have a solid race together.”