Monday | 13 Sep 2021

Solberg to drive i20 World Rally Car in Spain

Oliver Solberg has been confirmed as driving a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC at Rally RACC Rally de España (14-17 October).

The Swedish teenager, who shone at Arctic Rally Finland with a superb World Rally Car debut in February, is delighted to be back in the car for the penultimate event on the 2021 WRC calendar. 

Solberg said: “It’s fantastic to be back in a WRC car.” 

The Salou-based all-asphalt counter will be the 19-year-old’s maiden WRC outing in a World Rally Car on Tarmac – but he has driven on the surface before, winning the World Rally Car section of Rally di Alba in Italy in June.  

Solberg added: “When I drove the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC in Alba earlier this year, the experience was just amazing. For sure I’m really, really looking forward to it. It’ll be an awesome challenge.

 

“And to be going in the car to Spain is really special as well. There’s something so spectacular about the stages there and, of course, we all know about the huge numbers of fans. To go to Catalunya with the proper, proper car will be something very special. 

“As well as that, like we know, this generation of cars is nearly at an end, this will be one of the last races with these cars – so it’s a real privilege to be in it and competing again. I know I talk a lot about my dreams and having them come true, but this is the same – it’s another dream come true and I have to say a big thank you to Andrea [Adamo] and the [Hyundai Motorsports] team.”

Adamo said: “Of course, as part of the career-building process of Oliver, it’s important to let him get more kilometres on Tarmac with the WRC car. 

Asked about a target for Solberg in Spain, Adamo added: “His target is to finish the rally and we agreed for any stage that he will miss, he will spend one week working as a mechanic at Hyundai Motorsport.” 

Beyond his seventh place in Lapland, Solberg drove the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC at Safari Rally Kenya but retired early after sustaining damage to the roll cage after a compression on the opening day.

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