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Thu 30 Jun 2022

Solberg to sample FIA World Rallycross in Sweden

Hyundai Motorsport youngster Oliver Solberg will compete at the second round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship this weekend (2 - 3 July).

Just days after finishing 10th at a fraught Safari Rally Kenya, the young Swede will switch disciplines for his home round of the championship. 

Solberg will drive a Hedströms Motorsport Hyundai i20 against the likes of Johan Kristoffersson - who has previously steered a Volkswagen Polo in WRC3 - and Andreas Bakkerud in the headline Euro RX1 category. 

It’s been a hectic week for the 20-year-old. He flew back from Kenya on Monday to test the rallycross car on Tuesday and is also carrying out a pre-event test for Rally Estonia today (Thursday) with Hyundai’s i20 N Rally1 car.

“It’s been a busy time,” said Solberg. “I have always loved rallycross and I got the opportunity to drive the car, so of course I couldn’t say no to that.

“Hedström Motorsports’ workshop is only 10 minutes away from mine. We have worked together before and we have known them for a long time, and also the car is a Hyundai. So it’s a good opportunity,” he added.

Solberg is no stranger to the dual-surface discipline, although this weekend will mark his first outing in two years. He clinched the 2018 RallyX Nordic crown and his father, Petter, is also a two-time world champion. 

“I want to win, of course. It’s very simple,” he explained. “I know Johan Kristoffersson very well and I know the other guys very well. 

“We are probably the most competitive guys and now we are competing against each other, so for sure we want to beat each other!”