11th Jun 12, 13:40 #1
Gronholm doubles up in the States
Story from www.wrc.com
Gronholm opened his WRC campaign six years ago with back-to-back victories in Monte Carlo and Sweden driving for the factory Ford team. At the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, the Finn repeated his GRC triumph in Charlotte last month by winning again in his Best Buy Mobile OMSE-run Ford Fiesta Mk7.
“What a tough day,” said Gronholm, whose success means he has qualified for the GRC section of the X Games in Los Angeles at the end of the month. “I knew it would take a whole lot more heart to win here. But we did it and it is a great, great feeling.”
Forty-five-year-old Gronholm continued: “The seeding and the heats seemed pretty straightforward, just keep your nose clean and stay out of trouble, but the final, well I knew with guys like Tanner [Foust] and Brian [Deegan] that I’d need to find something special to stay ahead of them. I had a bad start first time round and maybe not a perfect start for the second time, so I guess I was fortunate that the flags came out twice. On the final start, it was perfect, we kept it all together and got over the line first.”
The only downside of Gronholm’s dominant weekend in Texas was the nine-metre jump he had to negotiate on each lap of the course. “I want some physio - I am not the only one with a sore back after all the jumps today, but I hope it made a spectacular show for the fans,” he added.