WRC » Solberg targets wins with bold new car

Mad Croc and Shell lend backing to Petter Solberg ahead of the 2010 World Rally Championship season

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Taz - Unregistered

February 08, 2010 1:16 PM

I really hope he can challenge, WRC desperately needs someone else to challenge Loeb.

Fair plays to him for getting the team and budget for another year, he doesn't give up and that has to be admired. He should have a works drive though (Sordo's for example but Spain is a big market for Citroen).

Some of his drives in that old Xzara were seriously impressive.

jeff - Unregistered

February 08, 2010 1:48 PM

@ Taz...

I don't put my money on him for any win this year....even a lucy one like rally GB 2005.

he always talks the same stuff at the start of each year and end up with doing nothing. aCCUSING THE CAR OR TYRES...

Remember itary 2006 when he got rid of pirelli.....

I'm quite sure he won't win...

beat me

chris - Unregistered

February 08, 2010 3:33 PM

a little bit insensitive there John about GB 05. But in general i agree with you. Petter is always all talk but rarely does the business. Fair play to him for not giving up but all he is rally doing his funding his expensive hobby. If he is so interested in rallying, he should put all his energy into backing a young prospect. I dont rate him as a driver or a testing driver. he must take some of the blame for the subaru not performing. Afterall, Subaru depended on their no.1 driver giving good feed back to improve the car. I dont believe petter knew anything about setting up a car. Marcus got into the S14 last year and with a few adjustments was on the pace straight away.

John - Unregistered

February 08, 2010 4:10 PM

Im a Petter fan but I admit, 2003 came luckily to him, also I think he won the chapionship too early in his career, didnt learn enough about setups etc..

Nicolai - Unregistered

February 08, 2010 8:42 PM

I think Petter can still challenge for wins, he was always fast and he was always 100% committed. I still remember a rally when he bent the accelerator pedal because he was standing on it so hard. (Cant remember exactly which tho, GB or Finland I think)
I think his car definately held him back tho, and now hes had a few too many years away from the top so wont have the experience necessary to beat Loeb. Loeb really is a formidable opponent, he demands 100% perfection from his opponents just to keep up with him. It took Gronholm a year before he could regularly challenge Loeb (once he joined Ford) and its taken Mikko 2 years. Either way, Good Luck to Petter !!!

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

February 08, 2010 8:46 PM

Well said ForzaCockermouth. Rally GB was bad for everyone. Sad memories.

During the last 2 or 3 years at SWRT, I thought Petter had gone of the boil. However, after last year's outstanding performances in the Xsara and C4, it's clear to me that Prodrive were at fault, not Petter.

The problem with the Subarus over the last few years was predominantly down to the dampers. That last car was crap, and it was no surprise when Subaru pulled the plug.

In 2009, Petter proved he is an outstanding driver, with a strong passion for the WRC. Who else would put their own team together when there were no other options ? I hope he has a great season. He is a great asset to the WRC.

runnah - Unregistered

February 09, 2010 1:43 AM

TCS is right on the money.

I think it was a combination of subaru, prodrive and petter that brought down SWRT. I know the last year Petter just threw in the towel. After3-4 years of frustrating cars he had enough.

I know Prodrive wanted to do more but Subaru wouldn't let. I also know Prodrive had a deal with the dampers sponsor that didn't allow them to use different ones.

Some times it better to do things on your own.

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