Back in 2007 Marcus Gronholm and co-driver Timo Rautiainen, both from Finland, embarked upon their final farewell season in the WRC after being paired-up with each other since 1990 – one of the longest and indeed, the most-successful pairing ever in the history of Rallying.
Grönholm’s arrival in the WRC came later than most had predicted. After winning the Finnish Rally championship four times, he eventually made the switch over to the WRC in 1999. One year later he won the Drivers’ Title Championship on his first attempt and then won again in 2002 (both in a Peugeot 206). He joined BP-Ford in 2006 and after claiming victory on the first two events in Monte Carlo and Sweden, he then went on to post a personal-best seven wins to help Ford achieve its first Manufacturers’ Title since 1979.
Marcus Gronholm is noted as being one of only two drivers to have won 30 rallies in the WRC. As a result, he will go into the history books as one of Rallying’s all-time greats…