Having retired from the World Rally Championship at the end of last season, double champion Marcus Gronholm is to make a return to competitive action this season in the European Rallycross Championship.
Gronholm will join forces with Andreas Erkisson, who finished third in Division 1 of the series last year, in the Motor Sport Evolution team. Another star of the WRC, Henning Solberg, will join the pair for selected events.
While Eriksson will contest the entire European championship, Gronholm will take part in five or six events in a Fiesta but could take on more races during the year as well as some Nordic events.
"I am convinced that this will be an interesting experience," he said. "The engine power is amazing and it will be exciting to see how well I can perform in the explosive, short races.
"I plan to participate in five or six European Championship events this year and then we'll have to see how things develop. I have thought about this for a long time and now it's time to try something new!
"During my short test-drive I was impressed by the 600 horsepower engine, but it's still hard to say anything about the driving characteristics since I have too little experience in rallycross."
Eriksson was quick to welcome Gronholm into the team and said the addition of the WRC star would only be positive for his team.
"I will drive in the entire European Championship series," he said, "but there are certainly drivers that would like to jump in and try the sport.
"With back-up from Marcus Gronholm, my European Championship chances will increase this year."
The team is currently working on putting together a third car for Stobart Ford driver Henning Solberg who admitted he was looking forward to competing in Rallycross once again for the fun of it rather than for the competitive element.
"It will be fun to get reacquainted with rallycross," he said. "I won the Nordic Championship in 1994 when the final was held in Finland. I will definitely compete in our Nordic European Championship events, perhaps not to participate in the races, but rather to give people exhibition rides when they drive with us in Momarken.
"Next year, the FIA World Rally Championship consists of twelve events, so maybe then I will try a little harder."
The new European season kicks off in Portugal on 2-4 May.
hope he has a great season