Solberg eyes high five after solid Italian job

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18.10.15

Solberg eyes high five after solid Italian job


Five points. That’s all Petter Solberg is short of in his pursuit of a second consecutive FIA World Rallycross Championship title, following another podium finish at World RX of Italy in Franciacorta today.

Petter won two of the four heats at the northern Italian track before placing the PSRX supercar second in the semi-final and third in the final, bouncing back from a tricky weekend in Turkey to put the Norwegian in touching distance of another FIA world title. He will have to wait until World RX of Argentina (November 28/29) before he gets the chance to finish the job.

Petter said: “All in all we had a good race weekend. It was very close to being a great race weekend!

“After leading overnight, I made it a little bit too exciting for myself on Sunday morning by doing two huge mistakes in the third heat.

“I had a jump-start and then missed my penalty joker lap. Because of those mistakes, I missed the intermediate top spot.

“In the fourth heat, I was back on the right pace and fully focused; I took my second heat win of the weekend – a good way to go to the semi-final.

“I struggled for traction in the semi, though. I have to say, I didn’t stand a chance against Johan Kristoffersson. But we made the final and that was our main target.

“I pushed as hard as I could in the final but the car was still lacking traction on the wet track. I was soon aware that the race victory was out of reach. It was all about keeping the car on the line, avoiding punctures and staying out of trouble.

“My compatriot Andreas Bakkerud deserved his win.

“Now we need five points to secure the FIA World Rallycross Championship title in Argentina next month. I’m pretty sure we will have to fight hard for those points. But I have a good feeling, and I go to Argentina with two goals: defending my title and repeating my South American win from last year.”


The three-word weekend:

We’re getting close.


The big number:

5 it’s not exactly a big number, but it’s a very important one…


Result:

1 Andreas Bakkerud 4m45.216s

2 Johan Kristoffersson 4m47.167s

3 Petter Solberg 4m49.297s

4 Anton Marklund 4m58.090s

5 Manfred Stohl 5m09.237s

6 Timur Timerzyanov 5m16.642


Drivers’ championship positions:

1 Petter Solberg           279pts

2 Timmy Hansen             253pts

3 Johan Kristoffersson      228pts

4 Andreas Bakkerud         215pts

5 Davy Jeanney               189pts

6 Reinis Nitiss                  164pts


Teams’ championship positions:

1 Peugeot-Hansen           443pts

2 Ford Olsbergs               378pts

3 SDRX                         312pts


Next time out World RX of Argentina (November 28/29)

The final round of the championship takes us back across the Atlantic and back to Argentina – but to a new track. We’re off to Roasario, 300km north-west of Buenos Aires for the season’s last tango.


Almost finally, an answer:

66. That’s how many times Petter blinked in the final.


Finally, a question:

Petter has a new favourite number right now. What is it?


Want to know more about your FIA World Rallycross Champion?

Per-Espen Lochen PR/Media Manager

per-espen@pettersolberg.no

+46 76 110 7 110

+47 952 43 245

pettersolberg.com

@Petter_Solberg

www.facebook.com/PetterSolbergWRC

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Now we need five points to secure the FIA World Rallycross Championship title in Argentina next month. I’m pretty sure we will have to fight hard for those points. But I have a good feeling, and I go to Argentina with two goals: defending my title and repeating my South American win from last year.
Petter Solberg