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Gronholm to make WRC return

Marcus Gronholm to tackle the opening round of the 2010 WRC season in Sweden
Marcus Gronholm is set to come out of retirement for the second time to take part in the opening round of the 2010 World Rally Championship in Sweden.

The Finn, who retired from full-time competition at the end of the 2007 season, made a return to the sport earlier this year in Portugal although he failed to finish after crashing out in his Prodrive-run Subaru Impreza WRC.

Now however, Gronholm will be back in action in Sweden at the wheel of an M-Spor-run Ford Focus WRC, running under the Therminator Rally Team banner alongside amateur driver Matthias Therman.

Gronholm will be partnered in the Focus by regular co-driver Timo Rautianen and the 41-year-old admitting that the lure of competing on one of his favourite stages was too much to resist.

"A while ago I was spending my holiday in northern Finland in a skiing centre when I had chat with Therman about the idea and he was very excited about it,” Gronholm told the official WRC website. “In a short period we were able to collect the team together.

"Sweden has always been one of my favourite rallies. During my 'retirement time' I've had thoughts that one more time I would like to drive in legendary stage of Sagen. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to do it again.

"My goal is to be fighting for the victory. However we all must remember that nowadays I don't have the same routine as the leading drivers, but maybe in tests I'll rediscover the touch again."

Gronholm took victory on his last outing in Sweden in 2007, beating Sebastien Loeb to first place by more than 50 seconds.



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Taz - Unregistered

December 14, 2009 1:52 PM

Good to see him back, the only driver who could beat Loeb on outright pace on his day....on gravel anyway although Miko's efforts these year on gravel were pretty close.



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