Petter Solberg was delighted after winning the opening round of the newly-created FIA World Rallycross Championship in Montalegre, Portugal last weekend and said it was 'almost impossible' to describe the feeling.

Solberg, who won the World Rally Championship in 2003, returned to rallycross last year after a 17-year absence, and despite being pushed off the track and despite suffering a broken throttle cable on the Saturday, he fought back to win the Sunday finale in style, having also come first in one of the heats and one of the semi-finals.

"It's a huge, huge emotion," said Petter, surrounded by his loyal PSRX team and his wife, as well as team manager, Pernilla. "We've had some huge downs since we stared rallycross and now this is a huge high, which I'll always remember.

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"To achieve what we have done - building a team from scratch, taking on established manufacturers with a private team, doing it all ourselves, with our own hands - has been a huge effort and sacrifice. But now all those nights without sleep have been worth it. I'd like to describe the feeling but it's almost impossible. Let's just say that I'm very happy."

"It means so much to me because it's been achieved completely through our own hard work and determination," he added. "I've invested so much in this team and we have world-class facilities now, even though we don't get any manufacturer support. But our mission this year was still to fight to win and we're already doing that. I'd like to thank all our partners and of course our fans who made it possible. We're going to enjoy this moment and savour every minute. It's a very, very special moment in my career. Then we get straight back to work."

"This win just makes us all the more determined to carry on in this way. We've got a benchmark to aim for now!" he concluded.