Petter pleased with fourth following troubled weekend

Petter Solberg and co-driver Chris Patterson had to battle against and overcome all manner of dramas on Rally Mexico - making fourth place in the final reckoning a thoroughly acceptable result
Former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg admitted that he could only be satisfied with fourth place at the end of last weekend's Rally Mexico, after a fuel pump issue on Friday cost the Norwegian and co-driver Chris Patterson more than seven minutes.

Having leapt into the lead when the rally got underway, Solberg was lying a close and challenging third when trouble first struck, leaving him stranded a kilometre from the end of SS6. The loss of time and subsequent 30-second penalty for a late start to SS7 dropped him all the way down the order to 13th.

There were further woes on Saturday with a faulty handbrake and the return of fuel pressure gremlins, earning another penalty for a late start to SS16 after the privately-entered Citroën DS3 WRC stubbornly refused to fire up. A broken gear lever then caused a spin in the air over a big jump on SS17.

Despite all of that and a perhaps understandably cautious approach to the final day, five fastest stage times in total and a blistering run through the Guanajuato Power Stage enabled Solberg to reach the finish in fourth position, thereby tallying twelve points plus one bonus marker, far better than the 36-year-old confessed he could have anticipated back on the opening day.

“It's been a good weekend,” he acknowledged. “Considering the time loss after the problems on Friday, being fourth is really good! We have definitely proved we have the speed, and bringing home 13 points is good. There have been a few minor issues with the new car, but we managed to solve them and we know what caused them. Now we are preparing for Portugal.”

Solberg remains fifth in the 2011 WRC drivers' title chase, with the Petter Solberg World Rally Team (PSWRT) fourth in the manufacturers' standings.

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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 2:56 PM

Katee, Petter is understandably Confident because he knows he can beat them all, 5 fastest times, I would say he should feel Robbed after that performance. This from a Guy who spent the last 3 events of 2010 paying for his Rallying on his Credit Cards. Incase your wondering that about £400.000.00 After years of driving Uncompetetive Subarus he finally has some decent Equipment to drive. I wish him well. He deserves all our support. He is still doing this on a shoe string by comparrison to the Factory Guys. Im sure a well deserved win is just around the corner, maybe in Portugal with his Road position.

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