|Date of Birth||23.09.2001|
|First rally||2019, Wales Rally GB|
The story so far
With a father who was the 2003 world rally champion and a mother from a well-known Swedish motorsport family and a former Production WRC competitor in her own right, there was a sense of inevitability that a career at the wheel was inevitable for Oliver Solberg.
Solberg’s early years were spent racing in crosskarts. In 2012 he won the Norwegian Championship before a step up to a higher class brought consecutive title wins in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
He needed a new challenge and at only 15 years old, the Latvian Rally Championship was one of the few places he could compete in 2017. Two wins in a Peugeot 208 R2 were a good start to life on the stages.
Solberg also tried rallycross, steering father Petter’s 600bhp Citroën DS 3 Supercar to second in the RallyX Nordic series with two victories. In 2018, he went one step better and clinched the title in the final race.
He also competed a second season in the Latvian Rally Championship, finishing second in both the LRC3 and U28 categories.
In 2019 Solberg stepped into R5 machinery, driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 in the Latvian/Estonian/Baltic Rally Championship. He took to the increased power immediately and racked up five class wins on his way to the championship title.
He also followed in his father's footsteps to join Subaru Motorsports USA. He drove a latest-spec Impreza STI, winning three of the six rounds
After making his WRC debut at the 2019 Rally GB, Solberg stepped into a full WRC campaign in 2020, driving his own Polo R5 alongside a partial campaign with Skoda Motorsport.
In a season interrupted by the pandemic, Solberg scored his first WRC class win with a dominant drive to WRC3 victory in Estonia. He followed up with stellar performances in the European Championship to secure the ERC1 junior title.
His reward was a two-year works deal with Hyundai Motorsport to tackle a full WRC2 campaign in 2021. His campaign was thwarted by a series of retirements but he did got a taste of life in the top flight with World Rally Car drives in Finland, Kenya, Spain and Italy.
He showed impressive pace and rounded the year out with a top-five result at the final round.
Hyundai offered him a seat in its factory team for 2022 and the Swede shares an i20 N Rally1 car with Dani Sordo.