Mon 17 Jun 2024

Five sensational Solberg ERC moments

The ultimate father-versus-son battle for FIA European Rally Championship glory ended in a standout victory for son Oliver and a first ERC point since 1998 for father Petter last weekend. Here are five sensational Solberg moments from BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia.

1: Petter fires it up on SSS1
Petter Solberg was on fire, quite literally, on Thursday evening when his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 caught fire during the BAUHAUS super special stage. Ever the hero, the 49-year-old charged to the 10th fastest time before helping volunteer marshals extinguish the flames. “It was the handbrake release,” he explained. “There was a leak after I pulled it. The fire could have been much worse but I’m here.”

2: Fast on Friday
Eighth after SSS1 and 2.0sec off first place, Oliver Solberg went on a Friday morning fightback with back-to-back stage wins giving him a lead he wouldn’t relinquish. Even when successive stage bests for Hayden Paddon cut his margin before midday service on Friday, Solberg remained composed and came out flying on SS6 with the fastest time. And by going quickest through Friday’s closing test, the 22-year-old went to bed leading by 3.3sec. 

3: No gain but no pain in the rain 
Experiencing the worst of the localised rain on SS7, Oliver Solberg could have lost the rally lead had he faltered. Despite the unavoidable time loss, the Swede dug deep in the tricky conditions to maintain his advantage out front.

4: Oliver’s great eight
Oliver Solberg was on clinical form throughout Saturday, clocking the fastest time on all eight stages to convert his overnight lead into a convincing fourth ERC victory and his second in a row on BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia. “The performance from Oliver has been absolutely outstanding again,” co-driver Elliott Edmondson said. “It’s such a pleasure to sit alongside and watch the way he drives on those stages. It’s really, really incredible.”

5: Steering out of trouble with some great words
Not even a steering rack issue on Saturday morning could knock fan favourite Petter Solberg off his stride. “I didn’t enjoy the stages when we had the problem with the steering rack but it’s been really good fun although my heart rate is quite high,” the 2003 world champion said after completing the Power Stage in 15th overall. Maybe we let the young guys shine in the future. They have something special, all of them, that can make this sport wonderful for the future. A really good fight at the top the whole weekend, it’s been really good and very close. I must say a very impressive championship.”

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