Citroen privateer Petter Solberg notched up his seventh podium finish of the season on Rally de Espana on Sunday, the penultimate round in the 2010 World Rally Championship – and despite coming under late pressure from Dani Sordo, 'Hollywood' insisted he had it all under control.
Solberg, who finished the opening day in fourth in his Citroen C4 WRC car, moved up to third in the first stage on Saturday morning, before then gaining another place in SS8 when Sebastian Ogier ran into difficulties. Although Dani Sordo then closed up on the final day, Solberg held on and he eventually finished 5.8 seconds up on the Spaniard.
It was the Norwegian's fourth runners-up spot of the year and it keeps him right in contention in the battle for second place in the 2010 WRC drivers' championship, 16 points off Ogier – and 11 behind Jari-Matti Latvala.
“It's been really good fun [today], Sordo is a proper sportsman,” Solberg said. “I'm very happy to beat him in his home rally. It's almost like a victory - although we have one more man to beat.
“Our second place today feels really good. This is a great result for both the team, and us and makes it extremely exciting for Wales in a couple of weeks. I had everything under control though [in the battle with Dani].
"I don't want to bulls**t you. He took some time, but I drove on the split-times that was sent to me in the car. I lost a few seconds when I didn't get two of the splits, but caught up with that on the next one. It's been exciting and a proper fight.
“Now we will look ahead to Wales, and we need to make sure we are fully prepared, as I really want to win there! It's going to be very interesting for the last rally.”