Monday | 21 Sep 2015

Solberg honoured by Wales Rally GB

Four-time Wales Rally GB winner Petter Solberg will be honoured at November’s final round of the WRC season on the 10th anniversary of his final victory there.

The 40-year-old former world champion will be named Rally Legend at the Deeside-based event. He will follow in the wheel tracks of Ari Vatanen, who was similarly recognised in 2014 when the award was introduced to celebrate the achievements of a past hero.

Solberg is one of only two drivers to have won the rally four times, from 2002 - 2005. His second win, partnered by Welsh co-driver Phil Mills, sparked huge celebrations at the finish of the final special stage in Margam Park as they secured the world title.

“As many already know, this is an event which is very close to my heart for so many reasons. Rally GB was the first round of the WRC I ever won and I can never forget that feeling,” said Solberg, who will attend the 12 - 15 November event.

“I thought the feeling couldn’t be beaten. But it was, 12 months later, when I came back to Wales and won the championship. My co-driver, Phil Mills, is of course from Wales and it was fantastic to feel the support and the passion from so many fans.”

The rally also marks the 20th anniversary of Britain’s Colin McRae lifting the world title with his second British victory.

“Colin was an incredible guy, a real superhero of our sport. I remember sitting with him when I joined the Ford team. I couldn’t believe a car could be driven like that, especially not by a man who was so down-to-earth and normal as Colin,” added Solberg.

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