A career topping podium, a WRC debut, and an incredible weekend’s rallying. Not to mention it all happened as part of the twelfth round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. All in a weekend’s work for the awesome duo that is Petter and Oliver Solberg.
For Petter, already a four-time Wales Rally GB winner, the last week has been an astonishingly rapid run down memory lane. It has been seven years since the triple world champion competed in a stage rally in Britain, but it felt like yesterday when he delivered the dream: a fifth Wales Rally GB win – admittedly, this one was in the WRC 2 category.
“Incredible,” said Petter. “Unbelievable. Since we planned the Farewell Tour at the start of the year, I wanted to come here and wanted to do GB. It was different this time with Oliver driving as well. The emotions were a little bit more complicated, but this result… what can I say? I didn’t underestimate how tough this would be? But maybe I forgot a little bit about how tough it was! This rally is one of the hardest in the championship and it always was – that’s one of the things that make it so special when you are having the success here.
“The days are long and the roads are so, so difficult to read and take confidence from, but when you get it right, it’s the best feeling in the world. Oliver is the future for the Solberg story, mine is a little bit in the history now. Honestly, it’s been really nice, fun and a lot of emotions coming to this rally. I love this place and these people, so to share my last proper WRC round with Wales was so special for me and Phil. That was the proper way to say goodbye.”