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Q&A: Henning Solberg - EXCLUSIVE.

by Rob Wilkins.


OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally team driver, Henning Solberg is enjoying his most comprehensive programme ever in the FIA World Rally Championship this season, taking in 12 of the 16 events. Here the Norwegian speaks exclusively to Crash.net Radio about his year to date, including that win on the WRC candidate event in Norway...


Q:
Henning, you have done six events thus far this season and while you have had some bad luck at times, you have still scored 11 points in the drivers' championship. How do you feel about the season to date overall?

Henning Solberg:
I am quite happy. There has been some up's and down's. I lost a fifth place in Sweden not because of the rolling, but because the wheel broke, it just cracked. Then I lost my fifth place in Argentina because of something in the gearbox. But that is part of the game and I am still happy. I'm still fighting for points and I am closer to the podium than ever.

Q:
Staying with the first part of the season: your best results thus far are two fifth places, in Mexico and Greece. A podium looked possible in Sardinia though, didn't it?

HS:
Yeah it was possible in Sardinia but it was also possible in Greece. However on the second day there I lost a brake pipe and then I lost one minute to [Mikko] Hirvonen. On the last day I broke a temper and had to drive without it. So I almost lost my fifth place again.

Q:
Your team-mate, Manfred Stohl managed to finish on the podium in Mexico. Do you think you can match that in the second half of the season?

HS:
Yeah I hope so. I am looking forward to Finland and I am looking forward to Turkey, Cyprus and England too. Those are the roads I know. I think I can be fast. We had a very good test in Finland last week for that event. The car looks faster for Finland than it was Greece. I am optimistic for the next half of the year.

Q:
How have you found working with Manfred?

HS:
Yeah very good, I like Manfred and we have a good atmosphere in the team. He is a great guy.

Q:
What about Bozian Racing and the Peugeot 307?

HS:
Yeah I like the car and I like working with the team. Of course I would hope for more testing but we are still a private team so we don't have a factory budget for the season. However you can see we have got some very good results and we do very good times on the stages.

Q:
You used a Ford Focus in 2005, how difficult or easy has it been to adapt to the 307?

HS:
I like the 307. It was easy for me to come in [and use it]. OK it is not the most easy car to drive I have to say that, but I still like it.

Q:
You mentioned the test last week in Finland. How confident are you feeling for that event?

HS:


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