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Henning after more points in Spain.

Henning Solberg will compete under the Munchi's Ford World Rally Team banner for the second event in succession on the RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada this week.

The Norwegian took his first ever points finish on a sealed surface round in Germany back in August, when he was seventh, and now he is again after a top-eight, even though he only has limited experience on asphalt.

Henning has been busy practising over the mini-break at home with his purpose-built, six speed sequential gearbox go-kart. Spending the last few weekends on the track is what the 35-year-old hopes will help him add to his current 22-point tally.

"I am looking forward to the rally in Spain because I have been working a lot on learning about driving on tarmac," he confirmed. "OK, asphalt is still not a very strong part of my driving but after finishing seventh in Germany I would like to think we can score some more points in Spain.

"I have been spending a lot of time at home in Norway at the go-kart track with my own kart and this has been helping with my feeling on tarmac. My plan will again be to take things at a steady pace to start with and drive our own rally and hopefully the speed will increase as the rally goes on. A top-eight finish here would be perfect for me and for the Munchi's team who are in a good fight with Suzuki."

Federico Villagra meanwhile will as normal drive the 'lead' number 9 Munchi's Ford Focus and this will be only his second ever asphalt event in a World Rally car after the Argentine debuted on the sealed surface at last year's Rally de Espana, finishing 13th overall.

To help in his preparation 'Coyote' took in a small test on Monday where he gained experienced of Pirelli's PZero asphalt tyre for the first time.

The Argentine was also in action recently on the seventh round of his native rally championship and again he dominated proceedings to win Rally de Entre Ríos and extend his championship lead to 34 points with three rounds remaining.

"I have been rallying almost every week in Argentina but not so much on tarmac except for a little bit we did in a group N car but other than that it has been pretty limited so the test will help a lot I'm sure," he added.

"Being here for a second time will help but this is still only my second time ever on tarmac in the WRC so we will try and find a nice pace from the start and gradually build on it. My goal for this rally will be to finish in the top-eight and collect some more drivers' points.

"The Munchi's team is currently fighting with Suzuki for fifth place in the [manufacturers'] championship and I think we have a strong chance to extend our gap in Spain especially with Henning joining the team again."


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