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Solberg reaches semi-final on Rallycross bow
2 April 2013
Petter Solberg, known all over the world as 'Hollywood' for his spectacular style, ended his first weekend of rallycross after the semi-final, when a power steering failure meant that he had to wrestle his 600-horsepower Citroen DS3 Supercar across the finish line at Lydden Hill.
Solberg was competing in the series for the first time having switched from the World Rally Championship and was hopeful of a strong start to his new venture.
At the start line of the first heat however, the driveshaft on his Citroen broke – meaning that it suddenly speared right and he couldn't avoid contact with the barrier. The Petter Solberg RX Team DS3 sustained damage to the front-right of the car, meaning that the mechanics had to change the driveshaft as well as fit a new bodywork section.
The second heat though resulted in victory for Solberg to earn him a place in the semi-final.
A good start in the semi-final left him well placed to secure a slot in the final, but power-steering failure meant he was unable to remain at the front and saw him knocked out before the main event.
“People talk about an emotional rollercoaster and today I found out what that means,” he said. “I think we have experienced every emotion in the last week or so. I couldn't believe it when the driveshaft broke in the first heat: there was nothing I could do. But thanks to the hard work of all the guys – who have been more amazing than I can say – we were winning again in the next heat.
“Unfortunately we couldn't go through to the final because of the power steering problem, but with a brand new car that was built in less than three weeks, you have to expect mechanical things like this from time to time. It's been an incredible journey and we've all learned so much. The big positive is that we clearly have the pace and I'd like to thank everyone who supported us: we've received a fantastic welcome.
“Now we just need to get the car completely sorted and we'll come back stronger than ever.”
Victory at Lydden Hill went to Tanner Foust.
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