It is just possible that Marcus Grönholm hasn’t fully grasped the concept of a Motor Sport lunch. The 2019 Wales Rally GB is just beginning to get into its stride when we convene in Llandudno and the Finn arrives clutching a half-eaten chicken sandwich, given to him by Colin McRae’s former co-driver Nicky Grist.
“He didn’t realise I had meetings and interviews,” Grönholm says, “and thought I’d be going out with him to watch some of the stages, so he made me a packed lunch…”
The Finn’s schedule is too tight to permit a culinary tour of suburban North Wales, but his former employer M-Sport has kindly agreed to provide us with a table in the Ford hospitality area adjacent to the Rally GB service park, where Marcus selects a small salad, gnocchi in cheese sauce and a glass of orange juice, followed by what he estimates to be his 11th coffee of the day.
“The fact his own father died at the wheel wasn’t a deterrent”