Monday | 02 Feb 2015

Hungry Henning eyes full season

Norwegian privateer Henning Solberg hopes to drive a World Rally Car on every round of the 2015 championship after rediscovering his appetite for rallying.

Henning, the older brother of 2003 World Champion Petter, has tackled at least one WRC event every year since 1998, including six full seasons at the top level between 2006 and 2011. However in recent years he has squeezed only a handful of WRC appearances each season around drives in other series - including European and World rallycross.

But after driving his Skruvat-supported Fiesta RS to 11th place at Rallye Monte-Carlo, Henning told that rally was back as his top priority. “There will be no rallycross this year, I have to focus, and so it’s just rally,” he said. “I am hungry about the rally again - properly - so I will stay here. I hope to go for a full season. That is my target.”

Henning, who is co-driven by Ilka Minor, will drive an M-Sport-prepared Fiesta RS on the forthcoming rounds in Sweden and Mexico, and expects to upgrade to the 2015-spec car for Portugal onwards.

“My target is always to drive as fast as I can all the time, so the season’s got off to a good start,” he said. “I believe I can be there fighting - especially from Portugal with the new car.”

Solberg believes the 2015 start order system, based on championship standings for the opening two days, will also work in his favour on loose surface rallies.

“I think with a decent starting position we have the potential to go very well in Mexico especially,” he said. “I reckon it’s a good system. Not so good for Ogier, though.”

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