Henning Solberg didn't manage to get the podium he had longed for on his home event last weekend, but he was still 'very happy' with fourth at the end of Rally Norway.

The Stobart Ford man, who went into the second round in the 2009 World Rally Championship in a confident mood, went head-to-head with his brother, Petter on day one and despite gear-change problems he managed to round off the first leg by finishing seventh overall.

He then hauled himself up to fourth on Saturday, moving past Petter in the very first test and then taking Per-Gunnar Andersson in SS12 and Dani Sordo in SS14, when he topped the times.

In the end Henning beat Sordo by just under 20 seconds to ensure he took his second five-point haul in as many events.

Petter meanwhile was another 2.5 minutes further back in sixth and Henning was delighted to be able to claim he was the fastest Solberg - especially in front of all their local supporters.

"I'm very happy," reflected the Expert-backed man. "I have the top three drivers in the world in the top three rally cars ahead of me.

"It was the perfect rally in terms of the stages and its organisation which made it very enjoyable and it means a lot to me to be the first Norwegian home in the rally.

"It was good fun to race against Petter this weekend but now I can say I am the fastest Solberg and I want to try and keep it like that.

"Now I'm also fourth in the drivers' championship; that's also a fantastic reward for me."



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