Marcus Gronholm to test WRC car for Motorsport Italia image

Former World Rally champion Marcus Gronholm will return to a WRC car after his 2012 injury.

The Finn on Monday will get behind the wheel of Motorsport Italia’s Mini. Gronholm had to withdraw from the second half of last year’s Globall Rallycross season following a violent crash in practice for the X Games in July. Gronholm will drive Michal Kosciuszko’s Mini in Likenas in Sweden on Monday. He will also tutor the Production class graduate ahead of next weekend’s Swedish round of the 2013 WRC.

Bruno di Pianto, Motorsport Italia team boss, said he was delighted to have the chance to benefit from Gronholm’s experience. “Marcus is a legend in the world of rallying and one of the most inspiring drivers of all time. We’ll run for about 100km and Marcus will help Michal with the particular style of driving needed for Sweden based on how much a driver can use or lean on the snow banks,” di Pianto was quoted as saying by Autosport.

Gronholm’s program for the day includes taking the Mini John Cooper Works WRC out for a spin and testing the car’s limits, allowing Motorsport Italia to compare Gronholm’s data with Kosciuszko’s on the 6-kilometer test stage.

Gronholm won the 2000 and 2002 titles with Peugeot, and last competed in the WRC full-time in 2007.