Solberg speeds to rally comeback

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Norwegian race car driver Petter Solberg made a triumphant return to the top of the rally world over the weekend, making it back on to the winners’ platform after Rally of Mexico.

An emotional Solberg (photo) said he was relieved and felt like a load fell off his shoulders when he placed second behind Sebastien Loeb.

Solberg was world champion seven years ago and rode at the top of his sport for years until he lost his contract with Subaru after some disappointing seasons. Now the 35-year-old driver from Spydeberg, southeast of Oslo, feels like things are rolling once again.

He’s spent a lot of time and energy assembling a new team and new sponsors, reports newspaper Aftenposten, but was advised to let them do their job so he could concentrate on driving. At Rally of Mexico, the second event in the FIA World Rally Championship round, “he was allowed to be a sportsman,” his coach Pekka Lundefaret told Aftenposten.

Solberg place third in rallies twice last year, in Italy and on Cyprus, and claims his goal is another world championship. He’ll be back in action in Jordan in early April.

By Views and News staff