Marcus Grönholm master class for Kosciuszko

Lotos WRC Team driver benefits from five-time Rally Sweden winner

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5 February 2013 - 21:01
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Michal Kosciuszko had the benefit of some of the best driver training in the business on Monday when double World Champion Marcus Gronholm gave him a Rally Sweden master class.

Gronholm joined the Lotos WRC Team at their Sweden pre-event test in Likenas to help Michał with the particular style of driving needed for Sweden and to test the team’s Motorsport Italia-prepared MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car.

After riding with Kosciuszko, 27, Gronholm, a five-time Rally Sweden winner, had words of encouragement for the PWRC graduate: “Michal hasn’t got much experience in these conditions, but I have to say he really isn’t bad! He’s still got something to learn, but it’s a question of time and experience now to learn to feel the grip and the braking points.

“Michal’s keen to learn and pick up everything I can tell him from my experience. He listens. One day isn’t long enough to cover everything though and he also has to test his set-up. We didn’t have much time, but everything was really OK!"

Kosciuszko said: "It’s amazing to drive my MINI WRC in such conditions with the beautiful roads here in Sweden covered in snow and ice and such a legendary driver who can immediately show me where to gain time using his incredible experience.

“For me, driving on snow is virtually an unknown quantity. I haven’t done it for seven years in conditions, which demand winter tyres! I’m impressed with the MINI’s grip level, but I need to learn how to use it."

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