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Oliver Solberg to procedure top flight WRC return in Italy

The son of 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg will all but again power a 2C Competition Hyundai Motorsport i20 Coupe after impressing on his system to seventh at some level of his debut bustle with the team at February’s Arctic Rally Finland.

Using alongside stand-in co-driver Sebastian Marshall, the pair region a string of hasty stage times.

This might perchance perchance perchance also be the 2nd time Solberg has started Rally Italia Sardegna, which is based totally mostly out of Olbia and takes device from June 3-6. Final October, at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo, he finished sixth in WRC3 after a puncture, and a dear error on the ‘Turgu’ stage, ended his victory hopes on the Italian island.

As fragment of his programme for the 2021 season, the 19-year-aged will spearhead Hyundai Motorsport’s WRC2 assault and procedure prefer appearances within the 2C Competition-bustle supermini.

“Or now not it is amazing to be motivate within the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC again,” acknowledged Solberg.

“The Arctic [Rally Finland] feels like a truly very long time ago now and ever since I stepped out of the automobile at the tip of that rally, I have been fully desperate to procure motivate in it.

“I do know Sardinia’s going to be a difficult match — I keep in mind this from last year. The exact thing is that I truly bear some files of the match. OK, there are some new roads which one of the most necessary guys can bear done, but I truly bear some thought of what is coming. And, after Arctic, I truly bear a extraordinarily exact thought of what the automobile is like.

“This might perchance perchance perchance also be a small of bit diversified on the gravel, but the loose-surface region-up is now not truly so fully diversified,” he added. “The map for me is correct the same prefer it used to be in Finland — to procedure as great experience as doubtless.

“Sardinia’s a groovy device. After I was there in October, I truly enjoyed the roads and we were in a location to region a moderately exact tempo there within the R5 automobile we were utilizing last year.

“I made a runt, runt mistake there last year, which price me the likelihood to manufacture first R5 automobile and eighth overall — but I learned one more lesson on that stage.”

Solberg and his co-riding teammate Aaron Johnston return to motion on subsequent week’s Rally Portugal where they are able to inaugurate their WRC2 assault exact. This might perchance perchance perchance also be the first time that both has started the Matosinhos-based totally mostly counter.

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