LAS VEGAS – After a long summer break, the Global Rallycross Championship picks up again with round five at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 29.
Best Buy Mobile driver Marcus Grönholm, the winner of the first two rounds of the Championship, is rebuilding his fitness after his accident at X Games 18.
It is obviously all but impossible to replace the two-time World Rally Champion and the most successful driver in the GRC, but Best Buy Mobile have found a creative solution to the challenge.
Piloting the Best Buy Mobile Mk 7 Fiesta in Las Vegas will be Andreas Eriksson, the Team Principle of OMSE that prepares and manages the Ford Fiesta GRC, but who also has a long pedigree as a successful rallycross driver in his own right.
Eriksson’s last rallycross appearance was in 2011 GRC at Snoqualmie, Wash., where he was also substituting for Grönholm and finished with a first and a third. Known for his spectacular and unforgiving style, Eriksson is a huge fan favorite.
“I am well and I feel fine, however doctors have set me a date in October for my final round of medical assessments, so I cannot compete in Las Vegas,” said Grönholm. “But I can think of no-one better to fill in for me and keep the Best Buy Mobile challenge alive than Andreas. He is fast, but I will be there in Vegas to give him some tips.”
“Naturally Marcus is a very tough act to follow, but as a team, we want to maintain the positive momentum that Best Buy Mobile has in the series,” said Eriksson. “So I will be trying my very best to emulate the success that Marcus has had this season and we will see how we get on in Las Vegas.”
While Grönholm awaits his medical assessment in October, he remains busy making plans for 2013.
“Of course competing in a car in some shape or form is my preferred option, but I have been busy developing lots of ideas for next season, some involving active competition, some involving different roles outside of the car, which will be quite different for me, but still will be exciting and challenging in equal measure,” said Grönholm. “This way I can move forward with a clear plan regardless of the doctors’ verdict next month.”