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Solberg: I’m very pleased with fourth on Rally GB

Citroen Junior Team's Petter Solberg was happy with form on the Rally of Great Britain - despite missing out on podium.
Petter Solberg has thanked Citroen after he got the opportunity to trade in his aging Xsara WRC and switch to a C4 WRC for the final two rounds in this year's World Rally Championship.

Solberg, who was of course left in the lurch at the end of last season when Subaru canned its WRC programme, formed his own team to continue competing at the pinnacle of the sport and despite having to do that at very short notice, he still managed to take in all but two of this year's events.

Indeed 'Hollywood' ended the season a commendable fifth in the drivers' championship, having notched up 35 points in total - and taken 12 stage wins.

In total he was in the points on seventh occasions, including finishing fourth on the Rally of Great Britain on Sunday, no mean feat, especially given it was his first competitive outing with the C4 on the loose.

"I am very pleased with the result here. The car worked good, and considering I didn't test in wet conditions, the weekend has been fantastic," said the 2003 World Rally champion, who actually ran under the Citroen Junior Team banner in Wales.

"I've been improving the whole weekend, and we had some really fast splits at the end. I want to thank Citroen for giving me this opportunity, and my fantastic team for their effort. The Citroen C4 WRC is a super car and we've made a lot of progress with it throughout the rally.

"It was too bad we were so unlucky on Saturday [and had a windscreen wiper problem], and I tried really hard today to beat [Dani] Sordo [and take the final spot on the podium], but it just wasn't enough. He drove a fantastic rally."

Citroen Junior Team manager, Benoit Nogier, meanwhile was impressed by Solberg's pace, the Norwegian having posted top-five times in every single stage - including three second best efforts and six thirds.

"The icing on the cake for the Citroën Junior Team was the presence of Petter Solberg in Britain. He showed his talent by fighting for a podium all the way to the finish," Nogier added.



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Petter Solberg (NOR) Philip Mills (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying MSN Edition
Petter Solberg (NOR) Philip Mills (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying MSN Edition
Petter Solberg (NOR) Philip Mills (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying MSN Edition
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Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying MSN Edition
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Petter Solberg (NOR) Philip Mills (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying MSN Edition

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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 12:37 PM

I have a feeling that Marcus could indirectly have an influence on the car that Petter will drive next season. I can see that Petter found his feet with the C4 but I think Ford would like to see the the pair in a Focus and with Marcus doing potentially 6 events next season there could be more on the table from M-Sport I think Petter prefers the C4 to the Focus but he knows there is not a lot to split the two. Marcus will probably prefer to stick with what he knows works for him and thats the Ford All in all there may be two Fords with Monster money for Block and Atkinson, two for Wilson and Henning, two for Petter and Marcus and one for Viagra I think Citroen will be busy too

GoFstr - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 8:17 PM

Haha Dafydd - I don't think his name is Viagra......haha. I've been a fan of Solberg for ages, (way back to the Ford days). To be honest I was very disappointed in his GB result, fourth, miles off the pace of Loeb and Hirvonen, and getting beaten by Sordo. Shame. By the way I can't see Gronholm coming back, though that'll be great.



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