Solberg, who drives for the newly created Go Fast Energy World Rally Team, will be a contender for a podium finish on round two of the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship powered by Nokia in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC he shares with Austrian co-driver Ilka Minor.
He said: “We’re going to ‘Go Fast.’ Flat out. This is one of my favourite events and we’ll be pushing for a good result. I’m really looking forward to the rally. This is like my home event and the fans are always absolutely amazing! There is always such a great atmosphere in the forests. The fans are some of the best in the world.”
The 39-year-old prepared for Rally Sweden by finishing second overall on the Norwegian championship Rally Finnskog last Saturday where he made a rare outing in a production-based Mitsubishi Lancer.
“I’ve got a really good feeling on snow after Finnskog,” said Solberg. “We got the feeling just right straight away and everything was running well. Hopefully it will be the same in Sweden and we can push for a really good result.”
Solberg will be Go Fast Energy World Rally Team’s lone representative in Sweden after his team-mate Matthew Wilson was forced to withdraw after a fall in training left him with a broken and dislocated left ankle. The young Briton had been scheduled to complete a 100-kilometre test in Sweden today prior to sustaining his injury.