Subaru's Petter Solberg is celebrating the first victory of his WRC career after heading a Pirelli 1-2-3-4-5-6 on Rally GB.

The 27-year old - he turns 28 on Tuesday! - set fastest time on three of today's final four stages to edge out Ford-Pirelli driver Markko Martin who set the one remaining scratch time and enter the history books as the first Norwegian to win a WRC event.

In total, Solberg won eight of the event's 17 stages and Martin took two while the Subaru and Ford drivers led the rally since SS10 when World Champion Marcus Gronholm crashed.

The result catapults Solberg to second in the 2002 World Drivers Championship ahead of Ford-Pirelli drivers Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae while confirming Ford and Subaru's second and third places respectively in the Manufacturers' series.

Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery said: "Obviously we are delighted for Petter. This win is surely the first of many for him while Markko has again shown that his own first WRC win is just around the corner.

"This result has been an outstanding way to finish the season and, while Marcus Gronholm and Peugeot are worthy champions we, together with our partners, have shown that we are ready to challenge in 2003 and try to regain the World Championship titles."