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Solberg: I had to try...

Petter Solberg: I hit the bank on the right of the road and then the car bounced into the bank on the opposite side. The impact knocked the left rear wheel off and that was it.

Ford's Petter Solberg has defended his decision to go all out for the win in Greece, even if it did ultimately end in disappointment.

Solberg had set his sights on a 'clean run' pre-event and he was eager to keep his points scoring run intact, sadly though, he crashed in the first stage on Sunday morning, while pushing to try and close the 10.2 second gap to eventual winner, Sebastien Loeb.

It was a bitter blow, especially after three consecutive stage wins on Saturday afternoon had seen him halve the Frenchman's advantage and had brought him right back into contention.

“The plan was to push and try to take two or three seconds back on the first stage. I wanted to put pressure on Loeb, I had to try. After the opening 10km we were equal on time so I decided to push a bit harder,” Solberg explained.

“But as I approached a long left bend in a narrow downhill section, I hit the bank on the right of the road and then the car bounced into the bank on the opposite side. The impact knocked the left rear wheel off and that was it.

“I feel so sorry for the team because I wanted to win but unfortunately it wasn't to be. Until the accident my driving was perfect with no mistakes.

“It's disappointing but I must look ahead to the next rally and stay positive,” he concluded.


Tagged as: Ford , Petter Solberg , Greece

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Billy - Unregistered

May 28, 2012 5:33 PM

With a gap of only 10.2 seconds and without a win for 6 or 7 years Solberg was right to go for it, im tired of seeing drivers with that sort of gap just sit back and settle for second best just unfortunate he clip the bank. But keep pushing Petter you will get a victory very soon and the championship is far from over.

DafyddLarcombe

May 29, 2012 12:46 PM

Im sorry but i have to admit, I would rather see the Ford Boys pushing and taking Risks like they did, its not Good for their Manufacturer situation, but if the didnt push they would never gain anything, it could of easily of been a 1st and 2nd for Ford, it was not meant to be but they both did the right thing to push hard for a win, at least they both had a real go and the suspension seemed fine this time



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