Henning Solberg says he is he is looking forward to the challenge of one of the toughest events on the World Rally Championship calendar as the series heads to Greece this weekend for the Acropolis Rally.
The Stobart VK M-Sport driver was well placed for a podium finish in Greece last year before running into electrical issues on the final day, but will now be keen to maintain his fourth place in the championship standings.
Indeed, the Norwegian driver is currently on course to secure his best ever championship placing in the WRC and said he was keen to maintain his current form on an event he loves.
“Generally I like rough rallies and the Acropolis is no exception,” he said. “It is always a big challenge and one of the toughest rallies of the year, but this time I'm really looking forward to it.
“We made some very positive changes in Sardinia and now I have a really great car; the feeling is better and I'm confident now that we can be on a good pace. We set fast times on the last day in Sardinia even when Seb and Petter were battling. I'm focused now on this rally and I really want to put in a strong performance for the second half of the year.”
Team-mate Matthew Wilson has also enjoyed a strong season to date in the sister car and will look to improve on his sixth place last year.
“It's almost a totally new route although a couple of the stages will be familiar to some of the drivers from previous years so it's a new challenge for everyone,” he said. “It's going to be another hot rally after the last one in Sardinia but we're prepared for the heat here so it shouldn't be too bad.
“I think that tyre wear is going to be a big issue. The roads that we know in Greece are very abrasive and we don't know how tough the new sections will be so that adds another challenge to the mix. Acropolis has been quite a good rally for me in the past. I finished sixth last year so I hope that we can build on that this year.”