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Q&A: Henning Solberg - EXCLUSIVE.

by Rob Wilkins


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Stobart Ford's Henning Solberg has had some pretty strong results in the first half of the season, including of course that podium finish at his home event in Norway back in February. Crash.net Radio caught up with him recently to chat about his year thus far and to get his thoughts on the second half of the season, which gets underway with the Rally Finland early next month...



Crash.net:
Henning, looking back on the first half of the season, were you happy with how things went generally speaking?

Henning Solberg:
I have to say I am pleased. I am now sixth overall in the drivers' championship, just two points behind Petter [my brother] and four points behind Dani Sordo. I am very happy with that.

Crash.net:
You finished the first half of the season on quite a high didn't you with three points finishes in succession in Argentina (5th), Sardinia (4th) and Greece (5th)?

HS:
I was very, very happy with those three rallies. Of course if I had had a bit more luck I could have got onto the podium, but I didn't. We will try and reach the podium now in the second half of the season.

Crash.net:
You have scored points in 5 of the 8 events to date, including taking a podium finish on your home event in Norway. I guess that was the highlight so far?

HS:
That was a very, very rewarding event. It was very stressful to do my home rally but we managed to get on the podium and that was really great.

Crash.net:
How have you found things adapting to the Focus, having used the Peugeot 307 in 2006?

HS:
It is coming. I am struggling a little bit with how the car is for me. The other guys have done a perfect job with the car, but I need some more time to get use to the car. We don't have much testing, so I have to do it on the rallies. I take it step-by-step. But I am pretty happy now and we are getting closer to the top and that is the aim we have.

Crash.net:
Have you done or are you going to do any more tests before the second half of the season?

HS:
We have done some tarmac tests and some gravel tests. So it is looking better. I am not so use to tarmac and therefore I have to learn. I have sat in the car with [Jari-Matti] Latvala, as he is a very good tarmac driver and he has done a lot of asphalt events in the WRC. I have tried to learn a little bit from him. It is coming.

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