Petter Solberg couldn't have looked happier on Saturday as he charged through the first day of the Finnish round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship at the Kouvola rallycross circuit.

Solberg was setting the pace on the opening day of heats in Finland, and came away with the fastest time of the day by a massive second a half on the way to winning two races in total on Saturday.

Solberg was pleased to find that the persistent misfire in his self-built all-carbon Citroen DS3 Supercar that had blighted him in the first three rounds of the series had been addressed - although a sticking problem caused a different type of headache for the Norwegian this weekend.

"It certainly made things interesting!" said Solberg at the end of the day's racing. "In the end there was not a lot we could do about it quickly, so we just changed some of the set-up and I altered my driving style to get around it.

"The car felt amazing today and now we need to carry on like this," he continued. "That this is the best day I have ever had in the car since the start of the season.

"The guys have worked so hard to get to the bottom of the problems we have experienced and I want to say a massive thank you to all of them, they have been amazing," he added. "None of this would have been possible had it not been for their dedication and hard work."

Solberg was also full of praise for the Kouvola, which with its big jumps and technical corners is just like a rapid rally stage which played right to Solberg's strengths.

"I absolutely love this circuit," he said. "The fans are great here too, so we're all feeling optimistic heading into tomorrow - which is the day that really counts of course!"