Henning aiming for podium spot on home event

Stobart Ford's Henning Solberg has said that he wants to finish in the top-three on his home round in the World Rally Championship, Rally Norway.

The snow rally specialist warmed up for the freezing-cold event by scoring his best-ever result on asphalt, finishing fourth overall at Rally Ireland on February 1. Now he wants to maintain that momentum and ideally go at least one better.

Henning has a good record on Rally Norway, finishing third in 2007 as well as coming out top on the candidate event in 2006.

Speaking prior to the second round in the 2009 World Rally Championship, the Expert man added that while a lot is being made of a potential battle with his brother, Petter, who will be competing in a Citroen Xsara WRC that is not his focus.

“This is the event I have been looking forward to for quite a while now,” said Henning. “We had a really good run in Ireland and I have taken a lot of confidence from that.

“Hopefully we will be able to come away with a good result on my home event; top-three would be great.

“Everyone is talking about the big battle with Petter but I'm not worrying about him, I just want to go as fast as I can for as long as I can.

“I know the stages reasonably well, they are in really good shape, and I think this will be a great rally.

“It will be really exciting for all the Norwegian fans and a great chance to show Expert and Stobart what I can do.”

Ford boss Malcolm Wilson meanwhile believes that Henning could definitely get on the rostrum for the Blue Oval's 'B' team.

“I believe that Norway will be a fantastic opportunity for the Stobart team to collect another podium and bag some valuable manufacturer points.

“Henning has proved his speed here in the past and he has learnt a lot since the last running of this event; so a top-three for him is definitely not out of the question,” Wilson Sr summed-up.

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Henning Solberg (NOR), Ford Focus RS WRC 08, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team

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