Stobart Ford's Henning Solberg competed on the Mountain Rally Norway on Saturday, the first round in the 2008 Norwegian Rally Championship.

Henning, who was taking part for fun in a bio-fuelled Ford Fiesta ST N3, won his class and eventually finished 15th overall.

"This was a fun event and I am really happy to finish top in the Fiesta championship because I have never ever driven a front-wheel-drive rally car before," said Henning. "I borrowed the Fiesta from my friend and it was a really great car to drive and it was great to be able to win for Ford of Norway who have helped us a lot in 2007.

"I am now focused on getting off to a good start with the Stobart team in the WRC as we head to Monte Carlo next week. These Fiestas are a lot of fun and for sure I would like to rally one again some day."

Mads Ostberg, who took in selected events in the WRC last season in an Adapta-run Impreza WRC, meanwhile piloted his Subaru to the overall victory, 1 minute 33 seconds up on Anders Grondal.

Ostberg had a hard fight with Andreas Mikkelsen for much of the event, until the Ford man picked up a puncture in SS7 and had to stop and change the tyre. Andreas eventually took the final spot on the podium.

Mads father, Morten meanwhile was fourth followed by Martin Stenshorne and Christian Andresen in fifth and sixth.

Eyvind Brynildsen came in seventh, while Conrad Rautenbach completed the top eight, using the event to prepare for the Uddeholm Swedish Rally, the second round in the FIA WRC, next month. The Zimbabwean, who drove a Ford Focus WRC 05, had never competed on snow before.



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