NIKOLAY GRYAZIN JOINS BROTHER VASILIY IN REINFORCED SRT LINE-UP
Vasiliy and Nikolay Gryazin are hoping it will be a case of ‘double trouble’ for their rivals at Lohéac this weekend (30 August – 1 September), as the Latvian brothers team up for the first time in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires. Nikolay Gryazin is a well-known name on the international rallying scene. The 21-year-old currently leads the FIA World Rally Championship’s WRC 2 title chase, and whilst this weekend will mark his rallycross debut, he leaves no doubt that he is ready to get stuck in. “My main aim at Lohéac is to have some fun,” he explained, “though obviously when the helmet goes on, you always race to win! I think my biggest challenge will be getting used to having a spotter, because that is something completely new for me, but I hope we will make progress throughout the weekend. “I know Sports Racing Technologies will work really hard to make the transition as simple as possible for me, and hopefully we will have no major issues – aside from the inevitable battle scars! Also, I’ve really missed my brother recently as we’ve both been working a lot, so I’m looking forward to spending more time with him – both on and off the track…”
Older brother Vasiliy has been a regular front-runner in the official FIA World Rallycross Championship feeder series since its inception in 2017, reaching the final 11 times from 19 starts to-date and currently occupying sixth spot in the drivers’ standings. The 25-year-old achieved his maiden rostrum finish at Lohéac in 2017, and he has his sights set on more silverware two years on as he strives to climb the championship table. “It’s exciting to have my brother joining me in the SRT camp this weekend,” he enthused. “We both come from rallying backgrounds, but this will be his first time competing in rallycross, so maybe I’ll have to show him the ropes a little! He’s not slow, though, so I’ll certainly need to push to keep him behind me and will have to keep a close eye in my mirrors... “Lohéac has happy memories for me. It was where I scored my first RX2 podium two years ago and it’s just a very special event, with a huge crowd and an incredible history. Hopefully we can go well again this weekend and try to close the gap a bit to fifth place in the championship, and having two cars in the team to compare data will definitely help. I’m looking forward to the challenge.” To take a look at Nikolay Gryazin in action, click here – and hold on tight! The 2019 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires will comprise seven rounds in support of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, visiting Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, France and South Africa.