Niclas Grönholm

Niclas Gronholm, son of two-time World Rally Champion Marcus, is a former Finnish Rallycross Champion.

Nationality FIN
Date of Birth 29 May 1996
Birthplace Kauniainen, Finland
Team GRX-SET World RX Team
Car Hyundai i20
Car number 68
World RX wins 3
World RX podiums 5

 

 

The son of two-time FIA World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm, Niclas Grönholm has enjoyed a rapid rise up the ranks in rallycross.

In 2014, he finished third in the autocross class of the Finnish Rallycross Championship, reaching the rostrum during a one-off outing in the World Championship-supporting RX Lites category on home soil at Kouvola along the way. The following year, he piloted an Olsbergs MSE-run Ford Fiesta Supercar to the Finnish title, while making his World RX debut that same summer at Höljes in Sweden.

After contesting the off-season RallyX on Ice series at the beginning of 2016, Grönholm committed full-time to World RX, completing his maiden full campaign in the championship with OMSE before switching to the family-run GRX outfit in 2017, securing his maiden final appearance with fifth position in Germany.

2018 marked a significant step forward for the Finn, with four visits to the final behind the wheel of the new Hyundai i20 yielding seventh place in the overall classification – comfortably the top independent entry.

That paved the way for a full-on title tilt the next season, with a brace of victories and two further podium finishes seeing Grönholm wind up just 25 points shy of the Drivers’ crown, despite missing two rounds due to appendicitis. His points-per-event tally was the highest in the field. Another race win in 2020 cemented fourth spot in the standings for the second consecutive campaign.