Markus Grönholm

Markus Grönholm - 2x World Rally Champion

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    Race of Champions

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    ROC Nations Cup

Birth Date: 5 February 1968

Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

Marcus Grönholm is a multiple rally world champion who took two titles for Peugeot in 2000 and 2002 partnered by brother-in-law and co-driver Timo Rautiainen.Grönholm’s father Ulf was one of Finland’s leading rally drivers in the 1970s before he was killed in practice in 1981. Marcus duly followed him into the cockpit, making his rally debut in 1987 in a Ford Escort.Grönholm went on to dominate the Finnish Championship – and a fine performance on the 1998 Rally Finland earned Grönholm his big break at the relatively ripe old age of 31: a contract to drive with the official Peugeot team the following year.After his success there, Peugeot eventually withdrew from the WRC in 2005, when Grönholm switched to Ford. He won his debut rally but lost the 2006 title by a single point to Sébastien Loeb, before losing by four points in 2007.He retired from the sport at the end of that season but he has since been one of many high-profile four-wheel stars to make a comeback, albeit not full time.At The Race Of Champions his finest hour came in 2002 when he added the title ‘Champion of Champions’ to his WRC crown. The same year he took NASCAR king Jeff Gordon for a ride in his title-winning Peugeot, only to crash at the third corner, rolling five times before landing upside-down. Gordon, needless to say, loved it – as did the Gran Canaria crowd. We’re not so sure about the Peugeot team boss…Career Highlights

  • - 2-time FIA World Rally Champion (2000 & 2002)
  • - 30 WRC Wins (second highest number of wins ever)
  • - 2-time Finnish Rally Champion
  • - Winner of The Race of Champions 2002


Other Achievements

  • 2007: Runner-up in World Rally Championship
  • 2006: Runner-up in World Rally Championship
  • 2005: 3rd in World Rally Championship
  • 2000: First WRC win (Swedish Rally 2000)
  • 1997 & 1998: Finnish Rally Champion
  • 1989: First World Rally1989: Scandinavian Rally Champion
  • 1987: First rallyThe Race of Champions Highlights


Years contested in Race Of Champions: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2009

  • 2006: ROC Nations Cup winner for Team Finland with Heikki Kovalainen
  • 2005: ROC semi-finalist
  • 2004: ROC semi-finalist, ROC Nations Cup finalist for Team Finland with Heikki Kovalainen
  • 2003: ROC finalist again
  • 2002: Winner of The Race of Champions
  • 2000: Reached ROC Grand Final on debut at The Race of Champions 

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