Q&A: Petter Solberg - exclusive.

by Rob Wilkins

Subaru team leader Petter Solberg will be gunning for his fourth successive Wales Rally GB win next weekend, when the FIA World Rally Championship heads to Cardiff for round twelve.

Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio as part of our build up to the Rally GB, the Norwegian gave his views on Sebastien Loeb's domination in the WRC, the new Impreza, which will be unveiled next week, and loads more...

Petter, we spoke to you back in March, following your back-to-back victories in Mexico and Sweden but, since then, it is fair to say the season hasn't really gone to plan for either you or Subaru, has it?

Petter Solberg:
[laughs] It has been not very good since then. It is a really strange feeling actually, going from two wins to not so many good results in a row but, obviously, there are some reasons for it. We have dropped back a little bit, but that is how it is. We will come back very soon, I think.

Why do you think Sebastien Loeb, Citroen and Michelin have been so utterly dominant?

They have been incredible. I think the whole package has been just absolutely perfect. We have struggled with a lot of small things. Like everybody knows in rallying, the sport is about going a little bit up and a little bit down. Of course, I am jealous of Sebastien, that is for sure, but they have got everything right and that is how it is sometimes.

They appeared to be even more dominant on asphalt in Germany. That doesn't bode well for Corsica and Spain, does it?

I really want to forget the Germany Rally very quickly. Corsica and Spain are a different type of rally, but still we are struggling on tarmac, that is for sure.

The WRC heads to Rally GB first, of course, and we are back on gravel for that. That's good news for you and Subaru, isn't it?

Yeah, of course, gravel is much better for us. However, we have been struggling even on gravel the last few rallies. So I don't want to say that it will be easy or... what can I say? I think it will be a difficult rally for us, given how it has been looking on the last few gravel rallies.

You have always gone well at Rally GB. You took your first WRC win on the event in 2002, and won in 2003 and last year. A good omen by all accounts?


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