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Petter Solberg column: Ford on song in Wales

As for the event itself, despite switching to a September date, to be honest, it didn't make too much difference. Some stages were still wet and muddy and foggy – so just like Wales in November!

The temperatures were a bit higher, that's for sure, but it wasn't massively dissimilar to a 'normal' Rally GB.

It would perhaps have been nice to have done some stages up near Llandudno again and around the Great Orme like last year, to make the long journey up there more worthwhile, but overall it was a good event, just a shame the entry was on the low side, no doubt a sign of these economically challenging times.

Now we have a three-week break before we head to Rallye de France-Alsace and I am looking forward to it, although I look forward to every rally and every single outing in the Fiesta RS WRC.

The event in Alsace is very different to the old Tour de Corse, but they both have their own unique challenges and characteristics.

We will be testing at the end of this month and the principal target will be to build upon the significant improvements we made to the Fiesta RS WRC for Rallye Deutschland and make the car as competitive as it can be on asphalt.

I finished third in Alsace in both 2010 and 2011, and although it is in Loeb's backyard and we all know how much he will want to win the title there, looking at our asphalt pace in Germany last month, I'm confident that both Jari-Matti and I can give him a run for his money.

I always enter every event aiming to win and while realistically, if we can finish on the podium I think we will be satisfied, if the chance is there to go for victory, you know I will always take it.

Until next time,

Petter Solberg


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Chris - Unregistered

September 18, 2012 3:04 PM

Pleased for Ford and the WRC - in a 2 car championship it probably needed the factory Fiestas to win more than once. However, Malcolm shouldn't get carried away. 3 rounds out, the business end of the championship, and neither of his drivers have even a mathemactical shout at the big cup. Indeed, his number 1 driver, JML is still a point down on privateer Mads Ostberg despite Mads not having the funding to do a full campaign. As for Hapless, the joke continues, 9 rally GB starts and he finsihes behind newcomer Neuville on his first.

Markko - Unregistered

September 19, 2012 6:42 AM

"That was more important than destroying a rally by risking everything to take second. In the afternoon, out from service, I was ready, but not to take the big risk. You know, I did it in Greece and it was not good fun to meet Malcolm after. I don’t enjoy that." This is what Petter said in another interview. Maybe he is under huge pressure as number 2 driver and he cannot afford any mistakes. Pitty.



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