Petter Solberg says is targeting a home boost when the WRC heads to Sweden this weekend for the second round of the year.
The event, which will spend a day in his native Norway, is set to pass right past the front door of Solberg's home leaving the former Subaru driver expecting plenty of home support throughout the event.
On the back of a podium finish in his first event for Ford in Monte Carlo, Solberg goes into round two keen to maintain Ford's run of form in Sweden – which has seen the Blue Oval win for the past five years.
“[My} farmhouse overlooks the special stage,” he said in reference to the Mitandersfors stage which will feature in Friday's running. “I can stand at the door and see the road. I think there will be many people and TV crews there so the atmosphere should be great. At least I know the road well! The conditions are looking good for a fast, proper winter event. It's fun to drive in such conditions and as the rally goes into Norway this year, it makes it even more special for me.
“This will be my first loose surface rally in a Fiesta RS WRC. I have only two days of testing in which to get used to it on snow and ice, but I'm not worried. Asphalt was the surface on which I expected difficulties in settling into the car, but I felt comfortable immediately at Rallye Monte-Carlo. Ford has a superb recent record in this rally and Jari-Matti and I want to extend that.”