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Solberg to contest Acropolis

Despite questioning whether or not he would be competing in Greece, Petter Solberg has confirmed that he will take part in this weekend's Acropolis Rally.

Following his third place in Sardinia, Solberg revealed that there were 'no plans' for the Greek round of the campaign.

However, a new sponsorship deal with Shell will allow the two-time Acropolis winner to contest the event at the wheel of his Citroen Xsara, with the aim being to challenge for a place on the podium.

“I am really pleased with working together with Shell again,” he said. “Shell was my partner ten years ago, and it feels good to have them onboard again.

“I'm really look forward to Greece. This is a rally that suits me well. The stages are twisty and rocky, and are going to be a real challenge for both car and crew. We have worked hard to prepare the car for this event, and I really hope to be on the podium again on Sunday.”

Solberg heads to Greece ion the back of his debut in a powerboat last weekend, where he took part in an event in Stavanger.

It turned out to be more dramatic than 'Hollywood' had expected when he was called into action to help those onboard a boat following him after it was involved in a high-speed accident.

“We saw what happened in the mirror so immediately turned around and went to help,” Petter told wrc.com. “The scene was quite a mess, there were three injured people already out of the boat but two were still inside. My co-driver dived in and went underneath while I helped the others onto a rescue boat. Then I jumped in too.

“It was a big boat and it was impossible to see much so we had to feel our way around. My co-driver got the belts off one of the guys and got him out but we couldn't get the belts off the last man. In the end there were four of us with a knife trying to cut him free, but were in the cold water for about 10 minutes so it was hard to feel anything much. Finally we managed to get him out.”


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andrew - Unregistered

June 09, 2009 10:56 AM

Good news Petter. Of course, his confirmed entry (albeit in a car that is 6 years old and started life in 2wd guise) is another driver to finish ahead of Matt Wilson who is talented and rich in unequal measures.

Andrew - Unregistered

June 09, 2009 11:05 AM

Andrew: That's no fair, it's all part of a 5 year plan to get him on the podium, it might happen here....the the two works C4's, the two works Forus RS's and Solbergs 6 year old Citroen (amazed it hasn't rusted into the ground) all fail to finish and Henning Solberg hits a tree. Oh hang on...the 5 year plan was to make him Champion...blimey :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:



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