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Marcus Gronholm to attend Oulton Park WRC special stage

Wednesday, July 31 2019

Two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm will attend this year's Wales Rally GB as the event's 'official legend' including the Oulton Park special stage on the evening of Thursday 3 October.

Whether it is 'Flying Finns', 'Super Swedes' or charismatic Norwegians like Petter Solberg, the rallying history books are littered with the heroic exploits of Nordic drivers, and 'Magic Marcus' is amongst the best of these.

Grönholm, who twice won the round in Wales will attend the Cheshire circuit's fan-orientated event where he will take part in interviews as well as being available for autographs and selfies with rally-goers, plus other ceremonial duties. 

Despite not being signed up as a front-line factory driver until his early 30s, Grönholm stockpiled no fewer than 30 WRC rally victories between 2000 and 2007 - a tally only surpassed more recently by Sébastien Loeb and Sébastien Ogier.

"It is very nice to be invited to be the official legend and I'm looking forward to being back in the atmosphere once again," said Grönholm, who retired from full-time driving at the end of the 2007 season, though he has made three one-off appearances since.

"I haven't been to Wales for many, many years but I have lots of good memories of the event. I won my first championship there [when finishing second behind Richard Burns in 2000] and we had a great party afterwards, and I also stopped my career on Rally GB - it was my last real WRC rally."

"It's forever been a tough rally," he remarked. "The first time I came I struggled as it was foggy, slippery and really difficult but, after a while, I started to like it. It can be lovely when the sun shines but when it rains and there's fog it's not easy. The night stages are completely different, too. They have always been part of the game and always present an opportunity for a driver to make a difference as some aren't as fast as others in the dark!"

The Oulton Park special stage features a full evening of entertainment, with appearances from World Rally legends, live music and DJs and an autograph session open to all spectators. Tickets are available in advance only, priced £25 with free admission for children aged 15 and under. For more details and to book,  click here.