World Rally Champion Petter Solberg
has announced that he will compete in all nine rounds of the 2013 FIA European Rallycross (RX) Championship and will be aiming to win the title in his new 600bhp Citroen
Solberg had previously announced that he would be competing in the RX Championship season opener at Lydden Hill on March 31, but then decided to go all-in when the opportunity arose.
“I don't do things by half!” agreed Solberg. “When I thought about it, I knew the RX Championship was the one for me. It's going to be one hell of a show this season and I want my team to be part of that.”
The 2003 WRC title winner certainly doesn't expect that it will be easy for him to walk in and start picking up wins straight away, however, and he does at least have some sense of what it will entail - he last competed in rallycross back in 1995.
“The competition is going to be really tough this year,” insisted Solberg. "That's one of the things which makes me want to compete here.
"Believe me, it will be some show," he added. "With me and the guys racing against each others doorhandles with 600 horsepower and flames flying – it's going to be fantastic!"
Solberg's decision to switch to RX in 2013 means that he doesn't have much time to prepare before the start of the season next month, and as a result he was absent from Thursday's official championship launch event.
“I'm really sorry that I can't be at the launch,” said Solberg, “but I am working pretty much every hour to get everything sorted out. Everything is looking really exciting right now. It's fantastic to be back with my own team again.
"The car is really coming together and, to be honest, I really can't wait to get behind the wheel," he enthused. "Having spent the last 15 years driving with 300 horsepower, having twice that power is something which really makes me smile!"