The Finnish-based team of double WRC champion Marcus Grönholm will continue its World Rallycross Championship venture in 2019. The team will retain its two permanent drivers – Niclas Grönholm and Timur Timerzyanov – who will be accompanied by development driver Reinis Nitišs for several outings. The trio will chase trophies with a 2019 version of the team’s Hyundai i20 Supercars.
GRX TANECO successfully debuted it’s Hyundai i20 Supercar last season
After 12 rounds the team claimed fourth in the World RX Teams’ standings, with Niclas Grönholm finishing seventh and Timerzyanov 10th in the Drivers’ championship.
“We knew that our first season with a new car would be tough, but we exceeded our expectations in 2018 and throughout the winter break we have been working hard to improve our i20 Supercars and take the next step in 2019,” said GRX TANECO Team Principal Marcus Grönholm.
“With this project we are thinking long term and I am happy that we have the same great core team with us, and the same driver line-up that can continue their work and fight for the leading positions in the championship.”
The team recently completed its first test session of the year in Southern France where they evaluated the first set of updates for the Hyundai i20 Supercar
“This will be the first time I will drive the same car for a second consecutive season and I will start it with a good knowledge of the i20 Supercar. The base performance was already there and we have worked on tweaks around the car to shave off crucial tenths of a second. The 2019 season is just around the corner and I’m really looking forward to the first round at the new track in Abu Dhabi,” said 22-year old Niclas Grönholm.
Triple European Rallycross champion, Timerzyanov said:
“Rallycross is my passion and I believe in it. So naturally, I am thrilled to start my sixth season of World RX and to do a second year together with GRX TANECO. This season will offer more opportunities for privateer teams, meaning that we also have a bigger chance to show our supporters good results and great action for the fans. It’s just 10 rounds, so there will be no sandbagging and everyone will be trying to claim the podium positions,”
Team Manager, Jussi Pinomäki added:
“I think the competition this season will be very, very close and this year will prove to be an exciting one for drivers and spectators. Last year we built a good base to work from – all of our technical staff have remained on-board, both Niclas and Timur know the car well, and I am confident that with this package we’ll be able to fight for top positions.
“For further improvements we have also added a third car for several rounds with Reinis as our development driver, to help us gain data and continue the car’s evolution.”
GRX newcomer Nitišs said: “I’m happy to be back in World RX, even though it’s not a full-season programme. Together with Jussi Pinomäki I have claimed two Euro RX titles and I know the people working in the team. Everyone is professional and passionate. Part of my season will be spent working together with the engineers and team behind the scenes, or testing car updates. But be assured, when I’m racing you can expect no giveaways.”
?The game is ON! For 2019 we will retain #NiclasGronholm and @T_Timerzyanov as our permanent drivers, adding @ReinisNitissRX for several rounds as a development driver.#GRXTANECO #WorldRX #BringItOn pic.twitter.com/lqv2QCcCam
— Gronholm RX (@GronholmRX) February 11, 2019