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Images of Petter Solberg competing in the Spanish round of the 2018 WRC Championship

Super Solberg podiums during WRC return in Spain

Oct 292018

“Not bad for two old guys?!” exclaimed Petter Solberg standing next to rival Sébastien Loeb at the end of the RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España; round 12 of the 2018 WRC. Ordinarily fierce competitors - both Solberg and Loeb looked particularly pleased with their respective performances on the Spanish stages.

While Loeb had claimed a remarkable win in Spain, Petter’s return to stage rally action - his first in six years - witnessed the Norwegian ace lock in a podium finish in the WRC2 category. The switch to rally machinery for the weekend saw Solberg swap his fire spitting 600bhp Volkswagen Polo R World RX Supercar, for a 1.6-litre Volkswagen Polo GTI R5-class car.

After battling for the class lead early in the event, Solberg narrowly slipped back to fifth in difficult damp conditions on Saturday and Sunday’s asphalt stages, before recovering to third with an impressive late charge. “What a fantastic result after six years away,” continued Solberg.


“It was not an easy task with just two days of testing and totally new pace notes. Which is why I am very proud of what Veronica and I achieved here. A podium result on the debut – things couldn’t have gone much better. We avoided all risks at the rally, always looked for a clean line. With a little bit more of an attack, no doubt we could have come away with more.


“But the most important thing is that I had an incredible amount of fun in the car, and when you finish on the podium with champagne, you start to mull things over. A quick word about Sébastien Loeb to finish: It was simply fantastic what he did here. Congratulations on his exceptional win!”

Solberg was competing for the Volkswagen Motorsport squad, which was itself making a return to rallying, having dominated the sport between 2013 and 2016. While Petter has made it clear he wont be back again on the rally stages regularly, he is committed to racing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship - which culminates with it’s last round in South Africa on the 24th - 25th November - as well as the Gymkhana GRiD 2018 finals on December 1st. Check out the details, here.