Tuesday 29 May 2018

Petter Solberg: "It always hurts a little bit more when it’s a collision with one of your team-mates"

PHOTO CREDIT: FIA World Rallycross Media

PSRX Volkswagen Sweden dominated the first ever visit to Silverstone with Petter Solberg leading on Saturday night. Both Johan [Kristoffersson] and Petter progressed into the semi-finals in first and third respectively. 

First and third on the grid meant the two drivers would share the front row of the first semi-final. The unfortunate happened when both drivers touched on the run down to Turn 1. The race was then RED FLAGGED and repairs were carried out on Petter's Polo R Supercar, but he later retired due to mechanical issues. 

“It’s so tough to stop like this in the semi-final. We had a good car for the weekend, we were leading overnight and everything was looking good for the final. What happened with Johan was really one of those things, but it always hurts a little bit more when it’s a collision with one of your team-mate," said Solberg.

PSRX Volkswagen Sweden can draw positives from the Cooper Tires World RX of Great Britain, after a strong showing from both drivers throughout the race weekend.

 “What we can say is that the team has done a fantastic job, the car was so quick here all weekend. Even when the grip was harder to find on Sunday, we still made the Polo work," said Solberg. "It’s a shame, it would have been fantastic to keep the run going and to make another final, but it didn’t happen."

“Hey, this was a tough Sunday for us, but still the team is extending its lead. OK, I have dropped back a little bit, but now we move on and we look forward to Norway. I’m going home," Solberg concludes. 

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