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Solberg: GB priority to be up there challenging for win

Petter Solberg is hoping Ford can be a real force on Rally GB and he will be doing everything in his power to stop Sebastien Loeb from making it six wins in succession

Ford's Petter Solberg has set his sights on getting a strong result on Wales Rally GB.

Solberg will make his 15th start on the event next week, and he has a good record there, having taken four consecutive wins between 2002 and 2005. Furthermore after the disappointment in Germany last time out, when he crashed out after making a mistake in Panzerplatte 1, he will be doubly determined to shine and put in a good performance in his M-Sport-run Fiesta RS WRC car.

“I've been very successful in Britain during my career and it's a rally that suits me. I enjoy the forest tracks because they're fast and a good challenge. You have to use the whole road – and sometimes a bit more – to keep the speed high,” said the Crash.net columnist ahead of the tenth round in the 2012 World Rally Championship.

“Accurate pace notes are important because overhanging branches often prevent a clear view of the road.

“The earlier date this year will obviously make a difference and I expect the roads will be faster and rougher in places. That could also make it tougher for the tyres.

“The team has worked hard since the last gravel round in Finland to unlock more speed. We were surprised at the pace of that rally and our priority is to ensure we are up there and challenging for a win.”


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Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Ford Fiesta WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Ford Fiesta WRC, Ford World Rally Team
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Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR) Ford Fiesta SR WRC

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DafyddLarcombe

September 11, 2012 2:04 PM

Im not really sure what to expect here, I can see Loeb and Latvala fighting for the Lead, but Solberg was always very quick in Wales so you cant discount him and it would be good to see him back out infront again Maybe he can push and finally take a win again, In all fairness to him he has been driving flat out this year to lead several Rallies, I think he should be quicker than Mikko but Sebastian will be very fast here as he always is, I would love to see Ford take the win, it will be an exciting high speed event and I think it will probably be a 3 way fight for the win



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