Three-time FIA European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov will race in next month’s FIA World Rallycross Championship curtain-raiser in Catalunya (23/24 July), after joining the grid at the 11th hour in a third GRX-SET World RX Team entry.
Timerzyanov is one of the most experienced drivers of the current rallycross generation – and, indeed, one of only three to have contested every World Championship event to-date since the series’ inception back in 2014.
The Russian has been a front-runner throughout, tallying six podium finishes at the pinnacle of the sport – including a third-place finish in Barcelona in 2016, and a hugely popular victory on World RX’s maiden visit to Belgium’s legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit two years ago.
For the past three seasons, Timerzyanov has competed under GRX colours alongside Niclas Grönholm, and he will once again line up for the Finnish outfit – now rebranded as GRX-SET – in Catalunya in just under four weeks’ time, in what is currently slated to be a one-off appearance. If he does have only one chance to shine, the 34-year-old has every intention of grabbing it with both hands.
“Rallycross has always been such a big part of my life,” he acknowledged, “but the world has obviously changed a lot over the past year, and that in-turn has led to sponsors re-evaluating their priorities and adopting different philosophies.
“It didn’t look like I would make the grid at all in 2021, and I need to thank my loyal partners and Jussi [Pinomäki – GRX-SET Team Principal] for working with me to make it possible for me to continue doing what I love doing – racing rallycross cars – for at least one more event.
“We only have an agreement for Barcelona at the moment, but if the opportunity presents itself to enter more rounds, I will of course take it because I really don’t want this wonderful story to end yet. Saying that, nothing is ever guaranteed and I will go out there and drive every race as if it’s my last, just in case it is – and I plan to enjoy every moment...”
“We are delighted to welcome Timur back into the team for Barcelona,” added Pinomäki. “He is very much one of the family here at GRX-SET, and has played a key role in our successes in recent years.
“Whilst various factors meant we were unable to put together a full-season deal for 2021, we have all worked hard to get a third car on the grid in Spain and there is nobody else we would rather have behind the wheel. Timur is fast, experienced and – as he proved back in 2016 – he knows how to tame this Catalan rallycross track. With him, Niclas and Kristzián [Szabó] in our line-up, I think we will go there in really strong shape.”