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Henning Solberg: I was unlucky – just like Hirvonen

31 July 2010


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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