Best Buy Mobile regular driver Marcus Grönholm, the winner of the first two rounds of the Championship, is rebuilding his fitness after his accident at X Games 18. It is obviously all but impossible to replace the two-time World Rally Champion and the most successful driver in the GRC, but Best Buy Mobile have found a creative solution to the challenge.
Piloting the Best Buy Mobile Mk 7 Fiesta in Las Vegas will be Andreas Eriksson, the Team Principle of OMSE that prepares and manages the Ford Fiesta GRC, but who also has a long pedigree as a successful rallycross driver in his own right. Andreas’ last rallycross appearance was in 2011 GRC at Snoqualmie, WA where he was also substituting for Marcus and finished with a 1st and a 3rd. Known for his spectacular and unforgiving style, Eriksson is a huge fan favourite.
Marcus Grönholm said, “I am well and I feel fine, however doctors have set me a date in October for my final round of medical assessments, so I cannot compete in Las Vegas. But I can think of no-one better to fill in for me and keep the Best Buy Mobile challenge alive than Andreas. He is fast, but I will be there in Vegas to give him some tips!”
For his part Andreas said, “Naturally Marcus is a very tough act to follow, but as a team, we want to maintain the positive momentum that Best Buy Mobile has in the series. So I will be trying my very best to emulate the success that Marcus has had this season and we will see how we get on in Las Vegas.”
Source: Andreas Eriksson media