Marcus Gronholm on Rally Sweden

Marcus Gronholm on Rally Sweden

This will be the 15th time Marcus Gronholm has started Rally Sweden. He shares the record - with Stig Blomqvist – for the most number of wins (five) on the event. So we thought he was the best person to tell you what makes this year's WRC opener so special

Rally Sweden is definitely one of my favourite rallies in the championship. When I retired from the sport at the end of 2007, this was one of the events I knew I would miss. So, being back out there again this week is pretty special for me.

I've always had good memories of Sweden, and not just because it was the place where I took my first WRC win in 2000. Come to think of it, that was also my first WRC podium. I've done this rally a lot of times before – I have only done 1,000 Lakes (Rally Finland) more times than Sweden. When I was a private driver, this was always one of the events I did because it was close to my home. I have good memories of it – and a few wins!

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