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Solberg pleased with 'unbelievable' weekend

Petter Solberg secures a third WRC podium in a row to move second in the title race
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.”


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Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
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Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)
Henning Solberg, Ilka Minor (Ford Fiesta WRC, #16)

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runnah - Unregistered

April 20, 2010 7:28 PM

This man DESERVES a factory drive. It is criminal that he has to foot the bill. Someone explain to me why wilson, H solberg, and villagra all get one and petter doesn't?! If petter doesn't have a ride by the end of the season while he continues to perform this well, I will have lost all faith in WRC.

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

April 21, 2010 9:45 PM

@ runnah, Your right. The person to ask why these crap drivers have got seats in the WRC is Malcolm Wilson. I'm afraid this guy is more interested in lining his pockets than in the current state of health in the WRC. He's got a lot to answer for. Could have had Petter at the end of last year, if he offered him a decent deal, instead of just looking at it on a commercial basis. At least DR took a punt with a young Colin McRae, and subsequently, Richard Burns, even though it cost him a few bob in trashed Legacy's & Imprezas. That's when the WRC WAS interesting.........



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