WRC »

Solberg targets top three

Petter Solberg says he is ready to fight for third place in the World Rally Championship drivers' standings following his impressive start to life with his own team.

Having lost his drive with Subaru when the Japanese marque made the shock announcement to quit the sport, but returned to action in the second round of the season in Norway after acquiring a Citroen Xsara and setting up his own Petter Solberg World Rally Team.

After a sixth place finish on home soil, Solberg rolled back the years with a podium finish in Cyprus and was again the quickest driver outside the works Citroen and Ford men in Portugal where he took fourth.

While he admits that his ultimate goal is to try and reclaim a manufacturer driver again in future, Solberg said he also had another goal this season; to carry his privateer squad to a top three championship placing.

“My first dream is to be in a proper factory team again,” he told the official WRC website, “that's the main thing. But if that's not possible just now, then I have this other dream to get my team together and fight for third in the drivers' championship.

“We had a lot of problems in Portugal and we lost a lot of time there, but even so, we weren't a massive amount of time behind Dani Sordo. It should be impossible for me to catch factory team drivers, but I'm going to try anyway.”

Solberg will benefit from a new engine in the Xsara this weekend, but with the older Citroen likely to be down on power compared to the factory teams, the Norwegian said he was hoping that the weather would play into his hands.

“It's quite a fast rally,” he said, “so I'm also hoping for some mud, fog, or anything to keep the average speed down. A fight for third is my goal as soon as I'm on a rally. If I can't do that, there's no point in driving.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Petter Solberg (NOR) Philip Mills (GBR), Citroen Xsara WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying MSN Edition
Michel Fabre (FRA) Maxine Vilmot (FRA) Citroen DS3 R3T
Jourdain Serderidis (GRC) Frderic Miclotte (BEL) Citroen DS3 R5
Jourdain Serderidis (GRC) Frderic Miclotte (BEL) Citroen DS3 R5
Michel Fabre (FRA) Maxine Vilmot (FRA) Citroen DS3 R3T
Jourdain Serderidis (GRC) Frderic Miclotte (BEL) Citroen DS3 R5
Jourdain Serderidis (GRC) Frderic Miclotte (BEL) Citroen DS3 R5
Jourdain Serderidis (GRC) Frderic Miclotte (BEL) Citroen DS3 R5
Michel Fabre (FRA) Maxine Vilmot (FRA) Citroen DS3 R3T
Jourdain Serderidis (GRC) Frderic Miclotte (BEL) Citroen DS3 R5
Jourdain Serderidis (GRC) Frderic Miclotte (BEL) Citroen DS3 R5
Michel Fabre (FRA) Maxine Vilmot (FRA) Citroen DS3 R3T
Michel Fabre (FRA) Maxine Vilmot (FRA) Citroen DS3 R3T
Michel Fabre (FRA) Maxine Vilmot (FRA) Citroen DS3 R3T
Podium, Simone Tempestini (ITA) Giovanni Bernachinni (ITA), Citroen Ds3 R3 WRC3 Champions
Podium, Simone Tempestini (ITA) Giovanni Bernachinni (ITA), Citroen Ds3 R3 WRC3 Champions
Kris Meeke (GBR)-Paul Nagle (IRL) Citroen DS3 WRC, Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team
Kris Meeke (GBR)-Paul Nagle (IRL) Citroen DS3 WRC, Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.