Oliver Solberg talks about his WRC debut in Wales
Wales Rally GB will see the changing of the guard in the Solberg household. 2003 WRC Champion Petter Solberg will hang up his crash helmet in Wales this October. Son Oliver will be making is WRC debut on the same event and the young Norwegian is eager to get stuck into the four-day challenge. The next generation has arrived on the sport’s highest stage… though Oliver’s entry is, obviously, dependent on him passing his driving test in Sweden ahead of the event! Oliver, already a rally winner on both sides of the Atlantic, is equally excited.
“Fantastic. Just incredible,” he enthused. “I have so many memories of papa driving and winning in this rally. Earlier this year I was over doing some testing in the Sweet Lamb stage and honestly it gave me the [goose] bumps on my arm when I was driving there for the first time.”
How does it feel to be making your WRC debut at Wales Rally GB?
“Fantastic. Just incredible. I have so many memories of papa driving and winning in this rally. Earlier this year I was over doing some testing in the Sweet Lamb stage and honestly it gave me the [goose]bumps on my arm when I was driving there for the first time. I remember so much from watching this place on the television and then driving it in the [WRC] game.”
Will it help to have your father close by?
“Of course it will. Firstly, he’s my hero, so to have him with me at any time is just great, but to have this guy who won the rally and knows these roads and these conditions so well will be a big, big deal for me.”
What do you think’s possible from the event?
“I said all the time this season, I just want to enjoy myself. I just want to take the experience and enjoy the driving. I’m not going to try to make a big star or anything like that – I need to make the finish and find out more about what I heard is one of the most technical rallies in the season.
Will you beat him?
“I really don’t know, but for sure, his is going to be the first time I’m looking towards at the end of every stage.”