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Henning Solberg: I was unlucky

Henning Solberg: I was really starting to enjoy myself until we had to retire – the car set up was working very well...

Stobart Ford man Henning Solberg has admitted he was 'very' frustrated to have to retire from Rally Finland yesterday, especially as he was running strongly and battling for a place in the top-five.

Henning had made a promising start to the eighth round in the 2010 FIA World Rally Championship, and following two fifth fastest times in SS4 and SS5, he finished the morning loop just 4.1 seconds off Sebastien Loeb in P5.

In the afternoon the Norwegian then put in a charge, going third fastest in SS6 and SS7 to grab the position.

However it all went wrong in the next test, when he got caught out by a small downpour and went off after the third corner. The roll cage on Focus RS WRC car was badly damaged and as a result he wasn't able to re-join under the SupeRally format today.

"I was really starting to enjoy myself until we had to retire – the car set up was working very well," Henning said. "I was getting very close to catching up on my brother [Petter Solberg] in the last two stages before I crashed so it is very frustrating.

"But I did try my best and I am pleased that I had got into the top five before I had to retire – just like Mikko [Hirvonen], I was very unlucky.

"The smallest mistake can prove fatal. I will try not to reflect on the accident too much and just aim for a good result in Germany next month when I will return to drive the [Ford Fiesta] S2000."



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Henning Solberg (NOR) Ilka Minor (AUS), Ford Focus RS WRC 08, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team
Henning Solberg (NOR), Ford Fiesta S2000
Henning Solberg (NOR) Ilka Minor (AUS), Ford Fiesta S2000
Henning Solberg (NOR) Ilka Minor (AUS), Ford Focus RS WRC 08, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team
Henning Solberg (NOR) Ilka Minor (AUS), Ford Focus RS WRC 08, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team

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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

August 04, 2010 1:45 PM

To be Honest I was very pleasantly suprised to see Henning on a charge and grabbing 3rd fastest times on two straight stages taking 5th from Loeb He showed so much potential in the 307 with his breathtaking sideways displays of car control, then he seemed to stop attacking so much It was good to see that he can still drive at the very sharp end, even if he did get caught out. I like Henning, he is how Rally drivers should be, a little crazy, always chilled and laughing and having fun and never scared of saying something contavercial He is a bit like Marcus but just not quite as fast. in saying that he did show Marcus the fastest line through the water in NZ allowing Marcus to win 07



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