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Marcus Gronholm Wins Global RallyCross Event - Web Exclusive

Gronholm won the six-car finale in the Best Buy Ford Fiesta, edging his Ford teammate Tanner Foust into second in his Rockstar Fiesta.

Mar 28, 2011

For somebody who hasn't raced regularly since 2007, Marcus Gronholm quickly established himself in the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC).

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Gronholm, a two-time WRC champ who won the inaugural GRC SuperRally on Friday, dominated the GRC field by capturing the Global RallyCross Championship AWD RallyCross finale, giving him a clean sweep of the weekend.

Gronholm won the six-car finale in the Best Buy Ford Fiesta, edging his Ford teammate Tanner Foust into second in his Rockstar Fiesta. "It was a nice weekend for me and for the team," said Gronholm. "I am happy that my Fiesta worked very in the final. It was easy to drive and I was quite confident. When I took the start I knew that if I kept my line, I could hold the lead and Tanner couldn't pass me. I had a lot of fun and I would love to race X Games. Whether I race any GRC events between now and X Games has yet to be decided."

Tanner Foust was the pre-race favorite, according to Gronholm and most rally experts. He finished the weekend with a pair of podium results, including a second place in the RallyCross event.

"What a final," said Foust, who is the defending X Games champ in RallyCross and SuperRally. "I know I am not the first one who just couldn't catch Marcus Gronholm. He just disappeared, and by the first corner his Fiesta was a little bit out of reach, and even though I had the fastest splits on the Joker lap, I fell behind. I was impressed with the first weekend of the GRC."

The Global RallyCross Championship will return to action outside Seattle, Washington April 15-16.

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