Hollywood’s a world champion (again)
Hollywood’s a world champion (again)
Last year, we sang you a song. Remember? We are the champions. Fancy an encore? Petter Solberg has done it again here in Rosario, Argentina. He’s first, second, third and 17th.
Petter’s the First to win back-to-back FIA World Rallycross Championship titles.
This is his second FIA World Rallycross Championship.
And his third FIA World Championship, who could forget his 2003 World Rally Championship?
But the real history comes with number 17. Petter’s the 17th driver in the history of motorsport to take a third FIA title.
No wonder the triple World Champion’s singing in South America tonight.
PSRX superstar Petter only needed five points to claim the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Rosario; making the semi-final would be enough.
He did it.
“It’s unbelievable! I found out I was world champion when I was in the toilet – can you believe that? This has been a crazy, crazy weekend. In the end, because of the dust, the first day was cancelled, so everything was coming today: all the heats, semis and finals.
“I was nervous as hell to start with, this made me even more nervous. I was hoping to go to sleep on Saturday night with some good points on the board, but nothing.
“And then we had a problem with the car. There was an issue with the wiring loom, which burned out and meant the gear-cut stopped working; this made it so difficult for me to get a gear.
“For me, this is where PSRX showed why we are world champions. Nobody panicked, nobody was worried. OK, I was a little bit stressed, but the guys got the problem fixed.
“As you all know, we have had a big plan for the PSRX team in the second half of this year. I had to drive smart; I couldn’t go flat out all of the time, we couldn’t risk anything. I must admit, I found this so frustrating! All I wanted to do was race and push as hard as I could.
“When we won the title, I couldn’t wait to get out there for the semi-final. The pressure had gone, I wanted to race. The semi went really well, I got into the lead and stayed there until the joker on the final lap. There had been a crash and I went into the joker under waved yellows, so I was quite cautious – it was so slippery in there.
“In the end, I missed the win in the semi-final, but the second row for the final meant a really exciting race. Actually, it was quite a crazy race, the first few corners were unbelievable; I have no idea what actually happened! I ended up on the grass and I think I was actually last! Then [Mattias] Ekström hit me in the side coming off his joker lap. I’m sure he didn’t even see me! But it was quite a big hit and broke the steering – I was happy to make the podium in the end.
“It would have been the perfect finish to win, but really I don’t care so much. I came here with one objective and we did that.
“We didn’t come to Argentina for a glass of champagne, we came for the bottle. And we got it. A bloody big bottle!”
“I am the world champion again!”
The three-word weekend:
Three’s the word!
The big number:
50 That’s how many World Rallycross races Petter has won from 25 events in the last two years.
1 Robin Larsson 4m16.346s
2 Mattias Ekström 4m16.799s
3 Petter Solberg 4m21.587s
4 Janis Baumanis 4m23.042s
5 Timmy Hansen DNF
6 Kevin Hansen DNF
Drivers’ championship positions:
1 Petter Solberg 297pts
2 Timmy Hansen 274pts
3 Johan Kristoffersson 234pts
4 Andreas Bakkerud 232pts
5 Davy Jeanney 201pts
6 Mattias Ekström 196pts
Teams’ championship positions:
1 Peugeot-Hansen 442pts
2 Ford Olsbergs 379pts
3 SDRX 312pts
And finally, finally, for the final time this season… an answer:
THREE is Petter’s new favourite number!
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