“My first rally was in Norway in 1996. My brother Henning’s wife [Maud Solberg] was my co-driver and, to be honest, neither of us had a clue!
“We had bought the car, a Volvo original class car, the Wednesday before and I needed to drive it 900 kilometres to get it back in time for the rally. We had five punctures on the way home and the powersteering wasn’t working. I got the car back at 6am, fixed new tyres and the powersteering just in time for scrutineering at 9am.
“Just before the start of the rally, I admitted that I didn’t know anything about the pacenotes to Maud. I said to her: “What are these called” but Maud didn’t have a clue either. Only 100 metres into the first stage, I asked her to throw the pacenotes into the back, they were only slowing me down.
“We actually finished second on that rally. There was a Norwegian champion from the year before competing and we even beat him! It’s quite a good story really.”