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Crash.net EXCLUSIVE: Q&A: Petter Solberg

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Petter Solberg will compete in a Citroen Xsara WRC car on Rally Norway this week, the second round in the 2009 World Rally Championship. Crash.net Radio's Rob Wilkins caught up with him to find out how his preparations are going...


Crash.net:
Petter, you recently confirmed that you will use a Citroen Xsara WRC in Norway, how much are you looking forward to that event?

Petter Solberg:
Of course it is going to be very interesting and good fun. I must say it has been a lot of hard work to get everything ready. It is very busy, but I think I have 20 people around everywhere to fetch things and do things. Everyone is very supportive. It is almost like going back to the old days again. Everybody is helping each other and I really appreciate that. We have got everything ready and that is unbelievable.

Crash.net:
Have you had a chance to drive the car yet?

PS:
I am testing Saturday and Sunday [February 7-8] and then we will see. We have a lot of interesting things to try. Basically I have driven it for 50 kilometres already and it worked quite easy straight away. But how good it is we don't know yet. At least though I will have a drive and we will do everything we can to fight - that is for sure.

Crash.net:
The Xsara WRC of course is a few years old now, how do you think it will measure up against the C4 WRC and the latest Ford Focus'?

PS:
Well it is an older car, but it is a good car. They seldom had any problems with it and when I drove it for the first time it was easy to drive. I think and hope I have done the best I could have done in one month with everything. We just have to wait and see now and that is the charm with it. It will be interesting, very interesting.

Crash.net:
Have you set yourself a target for Norway or is this outing more for fun, and for your many, many supporters?

PS:
Obviously you always have to have fun when you drive. But I think you can understand how much passion I have for driving since I have put together this programme in three to four weeks. I am doing it for fun, but also I am doing it for a big challenge. Now we just have to see how it goes. I am ready. That is the only thing I can say. It was very boring that we missed the first rally. But that is life.

Crash.net:
Did you see much of Rally Ireland?

PS:
Yeah, I followed it up - but it is never fun to be at home when a rally is going. I looked at it for a little bit. It was okay.

Crash.net:
The new Proton Satria S2000 seemed to go well in Ireland. There have been rumours linking you to the MEM World Rally Team for 2010. Would you like to drive that car this year?

PS:
I am in talks with many people and now we just have to wait and see what happens. I think in a couple of months we may find out exactly what we are going to do and stuff like that. We just have to take it as it comes.

Crash.net:
Are you going to do any more events after Norway?

PS:
That is the plan.

Crash.net:
You tested a Courage-Oreca Le Mans car recently at Paul Ricard. How did that go?

PS:
Unbelievable, it was really good, really good. I got to see all the data and all the times to compare to all the other drivers and I reckon it was good. Now we just have to see what happens. We have a meeting with them after Rally Norway but for now I am focused on Norway - and that is it.


TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW IN FULL WITH PETTER SOLBERG: CLICK HERE
by Rob Wilkins


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