Former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg says it is a 'dream come true' to have been crowned the inaugural World RX Champion with two rounds to go.

The Norwegian, who won his sole WRC title in 2003 for Subaru, came into the Italian event at Franciacorta with three consecutive wins under his belt, results that set him up to seal the title early.

Well placed for the final, though Solberg would miss out to Timmy Hansen for race honours in his Citroen DS3, his podium was lucrative enough to put the relevant distance between himself and closest rival Topi Heikkenen.

"This hasn't sunk in yet, it is a dream come true," he said. "When I stopped rallying, I didn't know what to do and then IMG took on rallycross and brought it to an amazing level so now it seemed like the right choice.

"I broke the right-rear suspension in the final and my spotter was shouting on the radio that I needed to calm down because all I needed to do was get to the podium and I would win the Championship.

"I just wish my family were here with me - my wife Pernilla and my son Oliver are back home because Oliver won the Norwegian Crosskart Championship yesterday. I have to thank them and my whole team who have worked so hard to make this happen, they really do an incredible job and have worked day and night for a lot of the season."

Solberg, who has not competed in WRC since 2012, becomes the first driver to become an FIA World Champion in two different disciplines.



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