* Solberg wins 2003 FIA WRC Drivers' Championship*
* Emphatic win in GB is his fifth in the WRC & second consecutive victory in Wales*
* Subaru claims sixth FIA WRC title*
* Impreza wins seven out of the last nine WRC Rally GBs*

History was made in Wales today when 555 Subaru World Rally Team driver Petter Solberg became the first Norwegian to win the FIA World Rally Championship for drivers.

In a spectacular finale to the 2003 WRC series, the 28-year-old won the Wales Rally GB by a margin of 43.6 seconds, to collect the fifth WRC win of his career, his second consecutive victory in Wales and secure the 2003 WRC Drivers' title. Having led the event from Leg one, the charismatic star kept his nerve on the final three stages today and delivered a perfect strategic performance - to the delight of the thousands of fans that cheered him all the way.

The win marks the end to the most successful year of rally driving for Solberg and his Welsh co-driver Phil Mills, 40. Since their first WRC win in Wales last year, the pair have recorded another four outright rally victories, 48 stage wins and seven podium finishes.

Contesting his last event as a full-time WRC driver, Tommi M