Petter Solberg has been recognised for winning two FIA world championships by receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Autosport Awards.

Having won the World Rally Championship in 2003, Solberg added this year's FIA World Rallycross title in a Citroen DS3. Having received the award from 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button, Solberg said it had come as big surprise but he hopes will help further enhance the reputation of the World RX championship after its inaugural season.

"I had absolutely no idea I was going to win this award tonight - it wasn't until Steve [Rider] started speaking about a driver who had won two different FIA World Championships that I realised he was actually talking about me," Solberg said.

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"I love rallying and always will but World RX is really special - I mean, the RX Supercars go from zero to 60mph in less than two seconds, who couldn't love that? This award is not just good for me, but it's also huge news for the sport - I even shared a joke on stage with Jenson [Button] that I have a seat for him next year!"

Martin Anayi, World RX managing director for IMG Motorsports, congratulated Solberg and described him as a major asset to World RX.

"It's fantastic that Petter has been formally recognised at one of the world's most well-known motorsport ceremonies," Anayi said. "I speak on behalf of the entire World RX family that it has been an absolute pleasure to have Petter compete in our Championship this year. He is very professional, works exceptionally hard and is a genuinely nice guy.

"The fact that Petter is the first person to become a winner in two different FIA World Championships is testament to not only his driving talent, but also his dedication - I cannot think of a more deserving person to win an achievement award. Congratulations to him and the entire PSRX Team on what has been a sensational year in World RX."