Signing the season off with a smile

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November 26, 2014

World RX of Argentina preview

Signing the season off with a smile

What a season. What an unbelievable season. I can’t believe this is the last time I’m going to talk to you guys for a while on a Wednesday! What am I going to do in the winter?

Don’t worry. There are lots of cars to drive and lots of fuel in the tank.

But this week, it’s South America and San Luis in Argentina. It’s quite strange going from the start of a Scandinavian winter to 32 degrees… and rain! I heard that it’s possible we can have some rain during the race this week, that would make it a little bit interesting.

To be honest, when you close the door and pull first gear, the weather doesn’t really matter so much – it’s all about the lights, then the flag and who gets there first. Having said that, the rain can make it really, really tricky to see when you have a lot of mud coming in the windscreen. But in 30 degrees, maybe the mud will have dried by the time it hits the screen!

It’s great to welcome a new team-mate to PSRX in Manfred Stohl. We have known each other and been friends for a long time. He’s a good guy and a quick driver, maybe we should be looking for the first PSRX double podium of the season, that would be a good way to end what has been an incredible year.

With the championship won, my approach will be the same as it was in Turkey, just to go flat-out. No pressure, no worries, not thinking about anything except for winning as many heats and races as we can. It’s fantastic to be able to go to the start knowing this is in your mind. And you know me, you know that I will be grinning like crazy inside that car.

This week we’re all about signing off the season with a big smile.

Once we have done this race, then we go back to planning and thinking more to next season and what we will be doing. At the moment, nothing is certain, nothing is decided, not which car, which championship or even which sport we will be competing in. We have some ideas, some offers and some more talking to do.

We’ll let you know when we know.

Championship positions*

1 Petter Solberg                   250pts

2 Toomas Heikkinen             200pts

3 Reinis Nitiss                        182pts

4 Timmy Hansen                   179pts

5 Andreas Bakkerud             173pts

6 Anton Marklund                159pts

Last time out…

An engine problem ruled the World Rallycross Champion out of the final last time out. But it didn’t stop him reaching the final and maintaining his 100 per cent record of getting to the last race of the weekend – Petter’s the only driver to have done that all year. (World RX of Turkey, Istanbul, October 11-12)

Circuit:

Length: 1285m

Width: 15m

Tarmac: 60%

Dirt: 40%

Website: www.rxargentina.com

Timetable

Friday November 28

1100 practice

1400 qualifying heats

1800 press conference

Saturday November 29

0900 warm up

1200 qualifying heats

1500 semi-final

1530 final

1610 press conference

Contacts:

PSRX media:

Per-Espen Lochen

per-espen@pettersolberg.no

+46 76 110 7 110

+47 952 43 245

World RX of Argentina media:

Augusto Lobo

+54 9 351 3994080

augustolobo@maseventos.com.ar

FIA World RX media:

rxmedia@imgworld.com

rachel.cavers@mpacreative.com

+44 1372 414120

+44 7500 877304

pettersolberg.com

rallycrossrx.com

@Petter_Solberg

@RallycrossRX

www.facebook.com/PetterSolbergWRC

www.facebook.com/fiaworldrallycross

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* Championship positions subject to FIA approval

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Championship positions* 1 Petter Solberg 250pts 2 Toomas Heikkinen 200pts 3 Reinis Nitiss 182pts 4 Timmy Hansen 179pts 5 Andreas Bakkerud 173pts 6 Anton Marklund 159pts
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With the championship won, my approach will be the same as it was in Turkey, just to go flat-out. No pressure, no worries, not thinking about anything except for winning as many heats and races as we can. It’s fantastic to be able to go to the start knowing this is in your mind. And you know me, you know that I will be grinning like crazy inside that car.
Petter Solberg