Petter Solberg has said he is delighted to have taken top spot in's recent 2010 top ten World Rally drivers' ranking.

Solberg was judged best by us due to his complete commitment to the sport and for the way his privately entered team took on the might of the factory cars, eventually ending the season third in the championship, to clinch the 'bronze' medal.

"It means a lot to me [to be put number one by] and it is nice to get that credit for everything we have gone through [this year]," he said in an exclusive interview with Radio.

"We are pushing the limits and for me it is a very good thing personally."

So did he expect to do so well and take eight podiums?

"To be honest, I know we are a private team, have a small budget and only have two cars - and if I had had a big accident I think the championship would have been over for me this year - but I know also that I am fast enough to do it," he continued.

"I would never have started it if I knew it wasn't possible to fight in the top-three. Everybody said, even my engineer, FX [Fran?ois-Xavier Demaison], said it was very difficult. But I said: 'Let's try and if we can do it and prove it, it means that anything is possible'."

As for the highlight this year, 'Hollywood' maintained he was pleased with his performances on all of the events with his Citroen C4 WRC, except the opener in Sweden.

"When it started in Mexico, the first of our eight podiums - that was special. But all of the rallies have been good, except for Sweden," he confirmed.

"New Zealand we had a big, big chance of winning, like many other rallies. But it is a lot to do with strategy and politics - you know how it is. Rally GB was maybe one of the better ones this year and Spain also was very remarkable," he summed-up.

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