Teenage hotshot Oliver Solberg will drive a Skoda Motorsport-supported Fabia evo in this year’s WRC 3 support category.
The 18-year-old son of 2003 world champion Petter tested the car for the first time earlier this month and his campaign will begin at Rally Sweden (13 - 16 February). His other rounds have still to be finalised.
Solberg piloted a Volkswagen Polo in the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo last weekend. He will continue to drive it on other WRC rounds outside of WRC 3 to increase his experience.
“The main thing for me now is to try to make experience on as many WRC rounds as possible this year,” he said.
“Everybody talks about how much experience you need and how important it is. I saw that for myself in Wales (his WRC debut) last year. These WRC rounds are tougher and longer than anything me and Aaron (co-driver Johnston) have done before.
“But I’ve got to tell you, this year is like a dream for me. Driving in the world championship is all I ever wanted to do. OK, being world champion is also something I’m still dreaming of, and with Skoda Motorsport’s support, I’m really on the right road.”
Having dominated the WRC’s primary support category in recent seasons, Skoda Motorsport is focused more on customer teams and the development of promising drivers in 2020.
“We are happy to co-operate with Oliver and his team for the WRC 3 championship of 2020,” said Skoda Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek. “He already proved his speed, now we are keen to see his progress throughout the season.”
The Czech manufacturer has guided Esapekka Lappi, Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecký to WRC 2 titles in recent years. Last season Kalle Rovanperä won the WRC 2 Pro world title before graduating to World Rally Car action with Toyota Gazoo Racing this year.