Former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg
has vowed to 'do whatever it takes' to secure the kind of result that has cruelly eluded him thus far in 2011, as he revs up for the challenge of this weekend's Rally Italia Sardegna, the fifth event on the 2011 WRC calendar.
Despite proving to be on the leading pace in all four outings to-date this season – as no fewer than 15 fastest stage times bear witness – Solberg has yet to mount the podium after encountering a variety of difficulties behind the wheel of his privately-run Petter Solberg
World Rally Team Citroën C4 WRC.
A bizarre speeding infringement in Sweden, fuel pump woes in Mexico, a litany of punctures in Portugal and an uncharacteristic accident on the final day in Jordan have separately conspired to scupper the Norwegian's efforts at practically every turn.
Heading to the Mediterranean port of Olbia for the hard-packed gravel Rally Italia Sardegna – an event on which he triumphed in 2004 – Solberg has been buoyed by a positive test session in France and is determined to give it maximum-attack in an effort to recoup lost ground and haul himself back into the title fight from the distant fifth position in the drivers' standings that he presently occupies.
“I'm happy we managed to have a test before this event,” the 36-year-old acknowledged. “We all worked hard, and I'm happy with the results from testing. After the disappointment of Jordan, I'm more than ready for a good result here in Sardinia and will do whatever it takes to get one!”
The 2011 edition of Rally Italia Sardegna will begin on Friday morning with four completely new stages, each to be tackled twice.