Monday 5th of November 2018

Double World RX Champion Petter Solberg has been on the overall podium in every FIA World Rallycross Championship so far, except in 2016 when he finished fourth at the end of the season.

PSRX Volkswagen Sweden’s Solberg is a 10-time World RX round winner and has finished on the podium five times so far in 2018. He came within two laps of victory at the first ever World RX of USA at the Circuit of The Americas in September, but made a mistake on lap five of the final and finished second.Norway’s Solberg is fourth in the 2018 World RX Drivers’ Standings with just the final round at the World RX of Cape Town in South Africa to go. He has 221 points, seven points behind second placed Mattias Ekstrom in the battle to take the runner up position behind his PSRX team mate Johan Kristoffersson who has already sealed the Championship in a record-breaking season. If Solberg can finish second in the World RX Drivers’ Championship it will be a Hat Trick for the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team, which has also already won the World RX Teams’ Championship.

“I’m so happy that I continued to pick up my speed from Texas (at the last race in Germany). I feel much better now and what happened in the final, when I retired with a technical issue, it’s disappointing, but it doesn’t stop me knowing I have the speed and the fight to be at the front. That’s so important to me,” said Solberg after round 11. “Now, we have to celebrate four titles in two years – that’s unbelievable when you think about where we were, with no team and no car just 22 months ago! I am so, so proud of what PSRX Volkswagen Sweden has done. Now it’s south to Cape Town for the last race of the season… and I want that one. I really want that win!”

However, Solberg’s second engine problem of the season in Germany could mean that the Norwegian may have to drop 15 penalty points at the last race of the year if he uses another new engine for his Polo R. That would drop him to 22 points behind Ekstrom, and into fifth in the standings behind Sebastien Loeb. If that is the case, Solberg’s task will be significantly more difficult.


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