Norwegian Anders Grøndal and his Swedish co-driver Miriam Walfridsson secured the Norwegian Rally Championship behind the wheel of their Ford Fiesta R5 at last weekend’s Rally Hedemarken.

The Scandinavian pairing led the championship from the first rally at January’s Sigdalsrally. They continued in Rally Finnskog with second place behind M-Sport World Rally Team driver Mads Østberg. In the last winter event – at Numedalsrally – they were back on the top step of the podium; holding a healthy lead going into the summer rallies.

The summer started well and at Rally Sørland they got another second place behind Østberg which was followed up with another podium at the Aurskog Høland Rally.

So in the next event – Rally Telemark – they only had to drive safely to secure the championship. But for the first time in 2016, they had a spin, hit a tree and got a leak in the radiator which forced them to retire.

Maintaining the lead in the championship, Grøndal had to reach to the finish at last weekend’s Rally Hedemarken. With this in mind, it wasn’t a case of maximum attack, but rather a considered approach.

With a problem-free rally, Grøndal drove safely in to a second place overall to claim the Norwegian Rally Championship laurels.