Jerome Grosset-Janin is a French rallycross driver who competed in the FIA World Rallycross Championship and European Rallycross Championship in recent years. He finished twice as a European vice-champion in 2015 and 2016. Earlier in a career, he was the French rallycross champion in 2013.
Early career in ice racing and rallying
Born in June 1984 in Sallanches in eastern France, close to the Mont Blanc massif, Jerome started his racing career at the age of 19 in ice racing, participating in the Andros Trophee series. He gained the best result in 2005, finishing on a podium fourteen times in fourteen races.
In 2006, Jerome switched to rallying, participating full season in the French Tarmac Rally Championship in a Peugeot 307 WRC and Citroen Xsara WRC. He finished third in the final standings after winning two rallies and becoming the youngest winner in the series. His navigator was Fabrice Gordon.
In the following two years, Jerome continued to compete in national rally events with different rally cars (Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII or Evo IX, Renault Clio R3 or Peugeot 307 WRC) but without notable results.
Jerome was the French rallycross champion in 2013
Switching to rallycross in 2009, national champion in 2013
During his rally years, Grosset-Janin made one guest appearance in the European Rallycross Championship, driving a Citroen Xsara T16 4x4 in the French round. In 2009, he stopped rally career and switched to rallycross completely.
He was pretty successful, finishing third in the championship in 2010 and 2011, then as a runner-up in 2012, and finally, he was crowned French rallycross champion in 2013, driving a Renault Clio. During that period, he made occasional appearances in the European Rallycross Championship.
Jerome scored his only ERX victory in 2015 at Mettet
Four seasons in the European Rallycross Championship
With French championship trophy in his hands, Grosset-Janin graduated to the European Rallycross Championship as a full-time entrant in 2014, continuing to race in a Renault Clio Supercar. Driving the #74 Renault Clio and scoring a podium in the season-opening round at Lydden Hill, he finished seventh in the final points.
In 2015, Jerome joined Albatec Racing to drive the #74 Peugeot 208, winning the first round at Mettet, Belgium. He scored one more podium to finish second in the points, behind Tommy Rustad. In 2016, staying with Albatec Racing, Jerome was the vice-champion again. This time, he lost a title to Kevin Hansen.
In the 2017 ERX season, Jerome was driving the #74 Citroen DS3 for Herve Knapick's team, finishing just ninth in the points.
Jerome Grosset-Janin in 2016
Maiden World RX podium in Sweden in 2018
During his ERX years, Jerome recorded six starts in the World Rallycross Championship. He participated in five World RX events in 2014 with his Renault Clio and then in one round in 2015, driving Albatec Racing's Peugeot 208.
After two seasons out of World RX, Jerome returned full-time to the championship in 2018, as a member of Guerlain Chicherit's GC Kompetition, at the wheel of the #74 Prodrive-built Renault Megane RS RX. The highlight of the season was his maiden World RX podium, the third place in the Swedish round. However, Jerome left the team and the championship after seven rounds.