Two months after his huge debut within the WRC with Hyundai, Oliver Solberg broadcasts that he’ll return to the premier class, as anticipated. It is going to be on the event of the Rally of Sardinia, from June three to six, and nonetheless on the wheel of the i20 Coupe WRC. As in Arctic Finland, the place he completed seventh on the finish of February, the automotive can be operated by the 2C Competitors crew below the supervision of Hyundai Motorsport. Solberg can be co-piloted by Aaron Johnston.
“It is incredible to be again behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC”, rejoices the younger Swedish driver, aged 19. “I really feel just like the Arctic was a really very long time in the past, and ever since I obtained out of the automotive on the finish of this rally, I fully despair of discovering it!”
A reunion that may subsequently happen on the tough roads of Sardinia, a “difficult rally” that Solberg already competed final 12 months on the wheel of a Škoda Fabia R5 Evo. “The great factor is that I’ve some expertise of this rally”, he emphasizes. “Sure, there are new roads that some might have been on, however I’ve some thought of what to anticipate. And after the Arctic, I’ve a extremely good really feel for the automotive.”
“It is going to be a bit totally different on earth, however the settings for a mushy floor aren’t fully totally different”, he provides. “The purpose is identical as in Finland: to achieve as a lot expertise as attainable. […] Sardinia is a fantastic place. After I went in October I actually favored the roads and we have been capable of present a great tempo with the R5 we have been utilizing final 12 months. I made a really small mistake there final 12 months that price me the prospect to complete first R5 and eighth general, however I discovered the teachings. “
As talked about by the son of the 2003 World Champion, the Rally of Sardinia will supply one thing new for the 2021 version. Firstly as a result of it will likely be primarily based within the east of the island, round Olbia, quite than ‘within the West, but in addition as a result of it will likely be competing in a season the place the warmth might play a extra decisive function.
Earlier than this deadline, Oliver Solberg will participate in Rally Portugal (Might 20-23) with the Hyundai i20 R5 to defend his possibilities in WRC2, a program that continues to be his precedence this season.No Video(s) Found