Henning Solberg has said he is 'delighted' to be back for the Acropolis Rally this weekend.
Henning, who will be one of four M-Sport Stobart Ford drivers in action in Greece – alongside nominated points' scorers Mads Ostberg and Matthew Wilson - opted to skip the recent Rally Argentina to finalise the details of a new sponsor contract for the 'long-term' and he has now revealed he is 'nearly there'.
Solberg has a solid record in the 'land of the Gods' and he has finished in the top-five on two occasions. He will be aiming to replicate that on his sixth visit, especially as so far this year he has only notched up 10 points, having finished sixth in Mexico and ninth in Portugal.
“I'm delighted to be back in the WRC after missing Argentina,” Henning said. “For sure, it's been a difficult start to the season but my manager and I have been working hard with the new sponsor in order to get everything pulled together for a long-term plan. I'd say we're nearly there with everything so of course that is good news.
“Hopefully now I can just concentrate on driving and finish with some good results. I'm focused now on Greece and I really want to put in a strong performance for the team during the second half of the season.”
Evgeny Novikov meanwhile will also return for the trip to Greece following his earlier outings under the M-Sport Stobart Ford banner in Mexico and Sardinia. The youngster, who showed good speed on Rally d'Italia last month and who was running as high as third on the first morning until he misheard a pacenote and rolled his Fiesta RS WRC, will be joined by Denis Giraudet in the co-driver's seat.
Stephane Prevot had read the notes on Novikov's two other WRC events this year, but he is unavailable for the Acropolis as he is taking in an APRC event.
“Greece is a relatively hard event in terms of physical training as it is so hot. The stages are not easy either – there are a lot of stones and in 2009 the roads were very slippery. I don't know how many new stages there will be this year for me, but the big plus is that Friday's stages are not repeated and our start position is good - I hope it would be an advantage for us,” he added.
“In 2009, Greece was the most dramatic rally I've competed in. I enjoyed it a lot - I was third - but I had a problem with the driveshaft so I lost my third position. I hope I have no problems on this rally and finish with a top five result,” concluded the Russian.