Double World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm will compete on the Svully Rally in Norway this weekend in an effort to find the rhythm ahead of his WRC return in Sweden next month. Gronholm will join Petter Solberg, Patrik Sandell and Andreas Mikkelsen on the small one-day Norwegian event which runs close to Solberg's home in Spydeberg.
Gronholm, who will drive a Subaru Impreza WRX tomorrow, said: "It's just a chance to find the feeling before the Swedish Rally. It would have been perfect to have the Focus out here to do the event in, but that was not possible. So instead I have the Subaru Cup car.
"Because this car isn't quite full Group N, this means I have to remember to use the clutch – which isn't always easy! I think there are only 15 cars in the whole rally, but with Petter [Solberg], [Patrik] Sandell and Andreas Mikkelsen, there are some really good drivers out there. I think it will be a good day."
Solberg will use the same Citroen C4 WRC he used to dominate the recent Finnskogen Rally.
"We will do three stages, three times," added Gronholm. "It's 150 kilometers of driving, which is just what I need before Sweden – I haven't been in a rally car in these conditions for a while."
Gronholm will test the Team Therminator Ford Focus RS WRC08 he will use at this year's WRC opener on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.