Hyundai has determined to area Oliver Solberg within the i20 WRC of the 2C Competitors workforce for the Italian spherical which is able to happen from November 18 to 21, and it will likely be within the firm of Elliott Edmondson.
The previous M-Sport will take over from compatriot Craig Drew, who co-piloted Solberg on Rally Finland and Spain final month. Drew himself had changed Aaron Johnston, who had parted methods with Solberg after three years of working collectively. The 2 males had not, nevertheless, teamed up on the Arctic Rally Finland, the place Seb Marshall had supported the Swedish driver on his huge WRC debut as a result of a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at which had disadvantaged Johnston of it. The latter has since labored at Toyota with Takamoto Katsuta, with whom he’ll proceed the journey in 2022.
Earlier than the assembly in Monza, Solberg mentioned he was delighted to start out a brand new partnership. Nonetheless, it’s unclear whether or not Edmondson’s arrival will prolong past this assembly, as Solberg will share Hyundai’s third WRC subsequent yr with Dani Sordo.
“I can not wait to work with Elliott”, he explains. “We have been spending time collectively for the previous two weeks and we have practiced a number of making the notes. It went very well. He already has expertise and I feel it may be a great way to enhance. we labored collectively, he already had good concepts and good plans for the long run. The recognitions for Monza would be the subsequent step for us, then the rally. I do know it may be sophisticated, with a number of data from safety workforce, however it’s place for Elliott and I to start out. “
“I wish to thank Craig Drew for the work he did with me in Finland and Spain. It was at all times deliberate to work with Elliott at Monza, however it was nice to have Craig by my aspect, and I actually do not rule out working with him once more. It is a bit of a loopy time relating to crew modifications. I do not know if there has ever been a season like this on this entrance, however let’s hope now that every little thing is kind of established. “
Edmondson has additionally multiplied his experiences this season as he began the train with Gus Greensmith at M-Sport, participating in Rallye Monte-Carlo and Arctic Rally Finland, then he joined Andreas Mikkelsen at Toksport in WRC2.
“The previous couple of months we have been very busy working in several championships, with completely different drivers and completely different vehicles, however it’s been an excellent expertise.”, he emphasizes. “Working in several environments helps a co-driver to enhance. However as quickly as I met Oliver and chatted with him it went very well. I am certain it will likely be an attention-grabbing rally at Monza. noticed some actually robust circumstances final yr with snow and ice. Who is aware of if we’ll see the identical factor this time round? “