Henning Solberg believes that a podium finish could be within his grasp come the finish of the Neste Oil Rally Finland this weekend, the latest round in the World Rally Championship.

Henning, who will compete in the second Stobart team entry and who will be nominated to score manufacturers' points, has the most experience of the '1000 Lakes' of all the three Ford 'B' drivers' with eight starts under his belt.

The 'Team Expert' backed star will be eager to do well too, especially as it is a 'home' event of sorts and very close to his native Norway and as such attracts numerous Norwegian rally fans.

"I have done this event many times before and it is one I love because of the fast speeds and massive jumps. For the last two years we have finished in the top-five so hopefully we can achieve this again and maybe even finish on the podium," he noted.

"Finland is not so far from Norway so this is an important event where lots of people come from my country to watch and this will help having them there."

Henning meanwhile has been busy with his personal trainer during the break and is excited to have pushed his maximum average heart rate up to 199bpm, which is the equivalent to that of a 21-year-old's according to the British Heart Foundation.

He also kept sharp by competing in a rallycross exhibition called Bjerkeracet in Oslo last month - along with team-mate Gigi Galli - and he won his class by a substantial margin.

"I have been doing a lot of fitness training during the summer break and the hard work with my trainer should help in Finland which can be quite tough because the concentration has to be at a maximum on these fast roads.

"I am excited that my maximum average heart rate is 199 which my trainer says is very good. Generally I always try to keep my fitness at a good level but there are still some rallies in the next few months which are very demanding on the body.

"Even the colder rallies can be hard on the body and places like Japan and New Zealand definitely won't be warm one. It was great to have Gigi over in Oslo to drive the rallycross car - I think he was very impressed with the speed of the car!

"The main focus now though is Finland. There are a lot of good drivers doing this event and it is very easy to get caught out. The main thing is to keep out of trouble until the end," he summed-up.


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