Gronholm, who secured the drivers’ title with Peugeot in 2000 and 2002, retired from full time competition in 2007 and has driven on just two WRC events since, most recently Rally Sweden in 2010.
Now the seven-time Rally Finland winner is back as one the stars of the inaugural International Crosskart Competition - a WRC support race that will take place on the Killeri track in Jyväskylä before the main action on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd August.
Teams of drivers representing Finland, Spain and France will fight it out in rear-engined off-road buggies that have a better power to weight ratio than WRC cars.
The national teams feature crosskart drivers from each country, and a maximum of two professionals as captains. Grönholm is Finland´s captain, along with motorcycle race Mika Kallio, the two-time Road Racing 125cc World Championship runner up.
The French team has, among others, the nine-time WRC champion co-driver Daniel Elena in its line-up.
Gronholm said: "My plan is to be sort of a mentor for the guys, to help them keep a level head on the big stage. Killeri is a great venue and perfect for the cars, I hope that the audience has plenty of national spirit and we'll get a good competition going.”
The Crosskart competition begins on Thursday with practice from 1600hrs, followed by qualification rounds. The first heats begin at 1845hrs after which the Killeri track is taken over by the WRC cars from 2030hrs. Friday’s heats begin at 1700hrs, with the finals starting at 1845hrs.