Adapted from wrc.com
Two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm captured victory in a rallycross event in the USA.
Gronholm, who swept to world title glory in 2000 and 2002, was competing in the opening round of the 2012 Global Rallycross Championship at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Not only did the Finn claim victory in his Ford Fiesta Mk7, he also scored maximum points after progressing through the seeding and heat stages with a clean sheet of wins, before securing top honours in the eight-lap decider against 10 rivals, despite hefty rear contact from a rival driver.
“I’m really pleased for the Best Buy Racing Rallycross Team, this is what we came here to do,” said Gronholm.
“Since Friday you have been used to fighting maybe three other cars at a time in the heats, then suddenly there are ten cars on track [for the final] which really changes everything. With so many cars, staying out of trouble is really important and I got a big push from behind at one stage, I dropped quite a bit, but managed to get it all together. I’m enjoying the moment, but pretty soon we’ll start taking a look at [the next round in] Texas which isn’t so long away.”