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ERC winner Solberg: It’s the biggest day of my life

2019-05-27T00:29:00+02:00May 27th, 2019|2019, Rally Liepāja|

Oliver Solberg became the latest young star to prove their talent in the FIA European Rally Championship when he triumphed on Rally Liepāja yesterday. This is what the 17-year-old had to say following his Latvia success.

Q:
You are the youngest winner of an FIA European Rally Championship event. How good does that feel?

OS:
I have no words. It’s absolutely amazing. I’m so happy, it’s crazy.

Q:
What does the win mean to you?

OS:
It’s the biggest day of my life. I have never driven so good as I’ve done now. It’s unbelievable, I can’t understand it. It’s been such a perfect rally. On the penultimate stage I was too cautious, I was driving too stiff. Then I thought I’ll just do what I’ve done the whole weekend and go flat out, and I won the last stage. I’m so happy.

Q:
Talk us through the rally itself, your first gravel event with the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

OS:
I was surprised I have to say on SS1 to be fastest by six seconds. I never expected that for sure. OK, it wasn’t maybe the best plan on the long term but I always want to go hard from the beginning, so always flat out. Being fastest on the first stage was absolutely a dream.

Q:
You made winning look easy, winning 10 out of 13 stages this weekend. How does if feel to win against the Russian Rocket Alexey Lukyanuk?

OS:
He’s always been my hero and before the race I watched every video of him from Estonia, from Latvia, with the Evo, everything. I told my father, ‘how is it possible to go so fast?’ ‘I would never manage to do this,’ I said. And then I come on SS1 and I win it by six seconds, I was like ‘what just happened?’. It’s crazy.