According to an update posted to the Best Buy Rallycross Facebook page, injured driver Marcus Gronholm will not return to Olsbergs MSE’s No. 3 Ford Fiesta for the Global Rallycross Championship season finale at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas on October 30. In his place, 2012 European Rallycross Championship winner Timur Timerzyanov will drive the car.
Timerzyanov took six wins in nine starts this season, scoring race victories at Austria and Hungary in the first half of the season, and winning four in a row at Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Finland. He scored 148 of a maximum possible 160 points, beating second place Liam Doran by 44 points and third place Tanner Foust by 48 in the championship.
Besides in the ERC, Timerzyanov’s Hansen Motorsport-prepared Citroen DS3 also competed at X Games with Sebastien Loeb behind the wheel, scoring a dominant race victory. Kenneth Hansen, who prepared the car, is the 14-time FIA European Rallycross champion and scored podium finishes in over 70% of his career ERC events.
Timerzyanov will join Foust, Brian Deegan, David Binks, and Toomas Heikkinen at Olsbergs for the event.
- Chris Leone