Oliver Solberg was as a consequence of begin the Rally of Sardinia final weekend on the wheel of the Hyundai i20 Coupe. Forfeit, he lastly needed to resolve to reside the ordeal in a resort room in Porto below quarantine (14 days in accordance with the Covid protocols of the WRC and Portugal) because of the constructive case of his father, Petter.
Hyundai Motorsport group director Andrea Adamo has due to this fact confirmed to Motorsport.com that Solberg would obtain one other alternative within the i20 Coupe WRC. A choice taken particularly after his first convincing look accomplished in seventh place on the Arctic Rally Finland. It has since been confirmed that the 19-year-old Swede will participate within the Rally di Alba, an asphalt race scheduled for June 12 and 13 in Italy.
“The Rallye d’Alba will definitely be very thrilling. It’s a implausible occasion which has been made very well-known through the years, with quite a lot of massive names participating in it”, did he declare. “For me this can be a nice alternative to realize expertise with the Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC on asphalt. Will probably be the primary time that I’ll drive a WRC competing on this floor so it is vitally thrilling.”
An hour’s drive south of Turin, Alba and its 30,000 inhabitants has even develop into Hyundai’s stronghold for 2 years. Loeb in 2019, then his full line-up final yr, had been aligned. The Korean model has additionally determined to enter a second i20 Coupe WRC for Ott Tänak, a call logically following his disappointing efficiency on Croatian asphalt final April.
“I watched some movies from earlier years in Alba and the roads look implausible. I additionally noticed movies from final yr with all of the Hyundai drivers behind the wheel and it appears to be like nice.” , Solberg clarified.
“However I additionally know that Alba will not be a WRC spherical, it is a smaller rally, with out stress. It is good to drive and achieve expertise. I believe it is a good alternative for Andrea [Adamo] to offer me extra tries with the WRC. It’s sure that the competitors will probably be stiff with Ott [Tänak] on the World Rally Automotive and different WRC vehicles. It is implausible for me to get the information and study as a lot as potential. “
Interview by Tom Howard