2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg took a sensational lights-to-flag victory on Friday in the World RX of Canada to become the first double winner of the season.

Solberg also became the first driver to win a round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy held outside of Europe.

"I am so, so happy right now but it hasn't been the easiest day," said Solberg, who has extended his lead at the top of the standings by 20 points thanks to three heat victories, plus a win in both the semi and the final.

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The Norwegian, who was also awarded the Monster Energy Super Charge Award, added: "The morning didn't start so well - we had similar problems to Belgium but the mechanics worked really hard on the car and I want to credit this win to my team. I wouldn't be here without them - they work harder than anyone.

"It's always been my dream to become the first person to win two World titles on four wheels in two different championships and now that dream is getting closer but there are still five races to go and this sport is tough.

"I'd also like to thank the Canadian organisers - it's fantastic to come to a new event, they have done a great job."

Volkswagen Marklund Motorsport's Anton Marklund and Team Peugeot-Hansen's Timur Timerzyanov meanwhile finished second and third respectively, both drivers securing podium spots for the first time this season.

Staged at the Trois Rivieres street circuit as part of the annual Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres (GP3R) motorsport festival, the seventh round of World RX attracted crowds of more than 30,000 people to watch 18 flame-spitting Supercars and nine RX Lites cars in the Intercontinental Cup. Three Canadian stars also helped draw a passionate home crowd as F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, former IndyCar star Patrick Carpentier and multiple Canadian Rally Champion Antoine L'Estage took to the all-new RX circuit. Villeneuve was denied a place in the semi-finals after a fuel tank issue meant he was forced to withdraw but Carpentier wowed the crowds on his World RX debut, reaching the final and eventually finishing sixth.

Solberg's brother, Henning reached the semi-finals, but a stall for the Monster Energy World RX man on the start line saw the Norwegian denied a spot in the final.

In the RX Lites Intercontinental Cup Swedish rally driver Patrik Sandell took the win, with Kevin Eriksson securing the runner-up spot. F1 commentator and accomplished rallycross driver Julien Febreau took the third spot on the podium after an impressive debut in an RX Lites Car.

The FIA World Rallycross Championship now returns to European soil for round eight as the World RX crews prepare for the hugely popular French RX event which will be staged in Loheac from 6-7 September.