IRC: Gronholm In Talks To Race Rally Scotland

Tony CastaneiraAnalyst IJuly 25, 2009

Marcus Gronholm has held talks with FIAT/Abarth about driving a factory Grande Punto S2000 on the inaugural Intercontinental Rally Challenge Rally of Scotland in November, according to Motorsport News.

"There have been some discussions but nothing more than that," Gronholm said to Motorsport News.

If Gronholm was to participate in the Rally of Scotland, it would be another coup for the Intercontinental Rally Challenge over the rival World Rally Championship.  The IRC has gained manufacturers this year, reaching seven, while the WRC has dropped down to two.  The season also started with the rally world’s signature event, The Monte Carlo Rally, being run under IRC sanctioning.

Rally of Scotland Clerk of the Course Iain Campbell said, "To get a double world champion like Gronholm would be a great endorsement for the event in its first year. All the main teams are due to be in Scotland and having Gronholm on the entry will provide another star attraction for the many fans we are expecting."

"The stages are a lot narrower than he is used to but they are fast and flowing and I'm sure he'll like them," added Campbell.

Quote: Motorsports News.
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