Wednesday | 24 Nov 2021

Solberg’s Monza finale cheers Adamo

Oliver Solberg’s career-best fifth place at last weekend’s FORUM8 ACI Rally Monza earned praise from Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo.

The 20-year-old ended the season on a high note at the Italian encounter in his 2C Compétition-run i20 World Rally Car. It was only his fourth top-level drive in the FIA World Rally Championship ahead of a step-up next year to Hyundai’s top-tier squad.

It came after a torrid run of five retirements during the second half of the season was ended by a steady drive to seventh in Spain last month.

“I am happy,” said Adamo. “But what makes me happier and proud is the approach from Oliver after Finland. Finland was tough.

“After this event we talked and I told him he had to drive in Catalunya and not crash – he did this – and then come here in Italy with confidence. Also, he has done this and now we see the result. This is a very nice way to end the season.”

Video: Close calls at FORUM8 ACI Rally Monza

Solberg and new co-driver Elliott Edmondson were in the top five at Monza throughout the asphalt fixture and posted top-four times on four stages across the event.

Solberg said: “Everything worked so well on this rally. Me and Elliott, it was perfect. What helped from Spain was that I had been to this rally before, I knew what the roads were like and I had some experience for what was coming. In Spain, I had never been before.

“I’m happy with the speed in Monza, it was amazing to be able to fight a little bit with my team-mates in some of the stages. The only frustration was having to stop driving this car – I wanted to start the rally again when we finished.”

Solberg and Dani Sordo will share Hyundai’s third seat alongside Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak as the WRC’s new hybrid era kicks off next season.

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