Two of the World Rally Championship's most popular figures took time out from the pursuit of excellence on the stages to turn their attention to other events and activities.
While five-time champion Sebastien Loeb has confirmed that he will make his Goodwood debut at next month's Festival of Speed, Petter Solberg took the chance to recreate some iconic film shots when he visited the Costa Smeralda and donned James Bond's famous 007 tuxedo for a photoshoot
Loeb, the most successful rally driver in history, will demonstrate his incredible car control behind the wheel of his regular Citroën C4 WRC on the famous 1.16-mile Goodwood Hill and the event's challenging purpose-built Forest Rally Stage on the Saturday of the three-day motorsport spectacle. The Frenchman's dominant car will also be on display in the dedicated World Rally Championship paddock, located near the main Formula One paddock area at the Festival.
A rare ex-works Group B Citroën BX 4TC rally car will also be in action on the Forest Rally Stage, where Loeb will be joined by a host of rally legends past and present including Walter Rohl, Stig Blomqvist, Hannu Mikkola, Bjorn Waldegaard and Rauno Aaltonen.
Meanwhile, following his podium finish on the Rally d'Italia Sardegna, leading WRC privateer Solberg journeyed to the world famous Cala di Volpe hotel to recreate scenes from the Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me
, more than 30 years after the building joined the list of iconic sets for the film franchise. Highlighting the glamorous location of the sixth rally on the WRC calendar, 'Hollywood' looked every inch the action hero during the shoot, which took place in the Jacques Couëlle-designed hotel.
“Having one of the world's greatest drivers in such an iconic location is fantastic," Simon Long, CEO of WRC media and commercial rights holder ISC, commented, "James Bond is a name recognised around the globe and it is fitting that Petter donned the famous suit to help promote this truly global sport.”