Sunday | 06 Sep 2020

Solberg storms to WRC 3 glory in Estonia

Oliver Solberg steered clear of his rivals to clinch a maiden WRC 3 victory on Sunday at Rally Estonia.

Despite picking up two punctures on Saturday morning, the Swedish teenager quickly fought his way back into the lead and was never-headed for the remainder of the event. Driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, he avoided any further drama and clinched the WRC 3 win by 59.0sec. 

Solberg’s impressive performance also saw him finish ninth overall and top the timesheets for all R5 cars, 38.7sec ahead of WRC 2 winner Mads Østberg.

"Fantastic! It was a tough stage, my left front [tyre] was very bad in the end there. Very tough with different conditions every time but it was good fun," explained Solberg at the end of the closing Wolf Power Stage. 

Kajetan Kajetanowicz was on course to achieve a well-deserved second in his Skoda Fabia Rally2. However, the Polish pilot fell foul of the rapid Estonian roads when he rolled out in the final stage and gifted the position to Hyundai i20 driver Jari Huttunen. 

Egon Kaur completed the podium in another Fabia, 48.8sec behind Huttunen despite also suffering a puncture on SS16. The home-hero was 48.8sec ahead of fourth-placed Marco Bulacia in a Citroën C3 R5.

Karl Kruuda rounded out the top five in his Polo, 4min04.9sec adrift of the leading pace by the end of the rally. The Estonian was just 7.8sec in front of Citroën driver Nicolas Ciamin who finished sixth. 

Gustav Kruuda (brother of Karl) was another man to have a dramatic exit to Rally Estonia. The 22-year-old rolled his Polo in the Kaagvere speed test. Fellow countryman Raul Jeets suffered a similar fate, going off the road earlier in the day in his Skoda.

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