Two-time World Rally champion Marcus Gronholm has been discharged from the California Hospital Medical Centre in LA following his accident last Saturday when contesting the X Games GRC event.

Gronholm will now remain in California for the weekend, resting with his family before making plans to return home to Finland.

His recuperation requires that he does not compete in round four of the GRC scheduled to take place at the New Hampshire Speedway next weekend, although even if he was fit, his car requires 'significant attention' before being competition-ready again. For the moment, doctors are advising a period of 'good rest', after which he will focus on returning to full physical fitness with appropriate training at home in Finland.

"I was extremely frustrated to not be able to contest the X Games, more so because I believed my preparations were excellent," said Gronholm, on his departure from hospital. "As Sebastien [Loeb] had come to race, I was extra hungry to perform - of course - and I went into the event with a really positive feeling, so yes, it was very annoying that it ended the way it did, but perhaps Sebastien will consider a rematch some day!"

The Finn continued by thanking those who not only helped him but also kept him in their thoughts.

"My first thanks must of course go to the emergency teams and all the staff at the California Hospital. It is not until you need this kind of skill and care that you realise how brilliant the medical profession is, and I cannot praise them highly enough for fixing me up," he noted.

"And then I must say a heartfelt thanks to all the messages of support and goodwill that have in such numbers been truly unexpected, from close friends and family of course, but also from fans around the world. This kind of support has been amazing and has inspired my recovery, so I must extend to everyone my sincere thanks and gratitude.

"My family has been amazing. My children and my son-in-law were here in LA with me and haven't left my side since the accident, and my wife has travelled out from Finland to be with me. I could not have asked any more from any of them, including Andreas (Eriksson) and his family."

As for his future plans, Gronholm added that his focus at the moment is on getting better: "Of course discussion of the next race has been going on for sure, but it's one step at a time. The first step is to get home and get fully fit, then I'll go from there," he concluded.



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