Petter Solberg was left to celebrate an 'unbelievable' result in Turkey which leaves him second in the WRC standings
Solberg took his privately entered C4 WRC to second place in the event behind Sebastien Loeb for his third successive podium finish, with the result seeing him move second behind the Frenchman in the championship.
The Norwegian driver was on the pace throughout the event but – like Ford's Mikko Hirvonen – his hopes of overhauling Loeb on the final day were hit by the cancellation of two stages on Sunday morning.
Solberg then suffered a puncture on the first stage that did run on the final and then hit a tree – but survived to make it the finish for another strong result.
“This is just unbelievable!” he said. “I mean, second in Turkey is one thing, but we are also second in the championship now.
“It is so great to know that we actually can be up there fighting for wins. I have not been flat out all weekend, but backed off some places just to be on the safe side. I'm very happy today, but to beat Sebastien would be very difficult today in the rain. I'm very happy.”
Solberg added that he was confident of another strong showing in New Zealand and insisted he would be doing all he could to take the fight to Loeb.
“Rally New Zealand is a great rally,” he said. “I take it step by step, I'm not panicking to win a rally, when it comes, it comes. I have a dream like many others to beat him [Loeb] on a rally. We cannot give up and we'll try again in New Zealand.”