Henning Solberg will look to score his first points on Rally New Zealand as he rejoins the Munchi's Ford team for the latest round of the World Rally Championship this weekend.

The Norwegian returns to Munchi's squad for the eleventh round of the season as he seeks to improve on his ninth place finish on Kiwi soil last year.

Currently lying just five points behind brother Petter in the championship standings, the elder Solberg will be keen to try and close the gap to improve on his seventh place in the drivers' title race.

"I'm really looking forward to New Zealand as, for me, it will be great to be back on gravel," he said. "The stages are fast and very flowing and that's exactly the conditions I like best; it lets me get a good feeling with the car and helps with my confidence.

"I've never had an especially good result there before but we have made some good improvements on gravel throughout the year so maybe this time we can push for a good finish and to get some more points for the championship."

Solberg will once again be partnered with Munchi's regular Federico Villagra, who will be looking to break into the top ten on the event for the first time; his best result to date being eleventh last year.

He heads into the weekend on the back of a victory in the Rally Vuelta de la Manzana back in his native Argentina and he said he was looking to try and help the team stay ahead of Suzuki in the manufacturers' championship.

"For me New Zealand is a rally I like very much but it can also be very tricky especially if the conditions are wet," he said. "We had a good result here last year and also in 2005 when I was in the PWRC. The stages are very much like Finland only with much less jumps so for me this is very enjoyable.

"Having Henning in the team is a big help because he has a lot of experience especially on fast gravel. He has already scored some good points for the Munchi's team this year as we try and stay ahead of Suzuki in the championship. I have been racing in Argentina and we won the rally on the weekend so things are feeling pretty good with my driving at the moment."


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