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Henning feeling very upbeat

Stobart Ford's Henning Solberg has said that it will be 'imperative' for him to get a good result on the Neste Oil Rally Finland next weekend.

Solberg heads to Jyväskylä having taken his second podium of the year in Poland and while he only inherited P3 late on - as a result of Jari-Matti Latvala's error in the event ending SSS - the Norwegian was still greatly encouraged by his performance.

Indeed while he struggled on the opening day as he fought to find the right set-up with his Focus RS WRC, things came good as the rally progressed and now he has set his sights on once again finishing in the top-three.

He will also benefit from a short pre-rally test in Hauhanpohja on Monday and that should help him as he looks to maintain a run that has seen him score in Finland every year for the last four years.

"I'm feeling very upbeat after the podium finish in Poland although it took me a couple of days to settle into the characteristics of the rally there," said Solberg, who will 'warm-up' for Rally Finland this weekend by taking part in the third round of the Nordic Rallycross Championship in Strangnas, Sweden in his Ford Fiesta.

"I hope that I will be able to start quicker in Finland. It is an important rally for my sponsors Expert, who have a big presence in Finland, so it is imperative for me to get a good result for them.

"I was third after day one last year and I hope that I can repeat that kind of pace this year; two podiums in two rallies would be amazing."

Ford boss Malcolm Wilson meanwhile is optimistic Henning will be able to notch up more points - something he has achieved six times already this season.

"Henning has a good record at Rally Finland in recent years," Wilson Sr added, "and we hope that he will be able to maintain the momentum that he built in the last rally to produce another excellent result for the team."


Tagged as: Ford , Focus , Rally Finland

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