Wednesday | 13 Jan 2021

From Russia with love: Gryazin back in WRC2

Russian driver Nikolay Gryazin has confirmed he will drive the full 2021 season in WRC2 in a Volkswagen Polo GTI 5.

The 23-year-old Russian will be on the start line next week at Rallye Monte-Carlo (21-24 January), however he has not nominated the event as a points-scoring round. The driver is yet to confirm which of the seven rallies on the 2021 calendar he will target as counting towards his title campaign.

Back in the co-driver’s seat will be fellow Russian Konstantin Aleksandrov. The pairing teamed up midway through last season, having previously done one rally together. Prior to the switch, Gryazin’s pace notes had been delivered by Yaroslav Federov.

Making his WRC debut on ice at Rally Sweden in 2019 in WRC2 (now WRC3), the Russian finished the season in a commendable fourth spot – the highlight coming with a class victory at Rally Finland.

Stepping up to WRC2 in 2020 in a Hyundai i20 R5, two podium finishes highlighted a campaign that saw him finish the season in fifth position.

“I’m incredibly happy to be back in WRC2,” commented Gryazin. “I’m really excited to be in the Volkswagen Polo and continuing my collaboration with Konstantin.”

He continued: “I am so thankful for those who have given me this opportunity. It is now about getting the experience and I hope to be among the top drivers.”

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