Finally we are ready for the 2011 WRC season opener, Rally Sweden. The Petter Solberg World Rally Team is already on site at the airfield outside Hagfors, and the driver is ready for the snowy and icy roads in the Varmland-district.
- I am so ready to start this rally now, says Petter Solberg. - I felt at home behind the wheel in my new Citroen DS3 WRC from the very first moment. I'm going to fight for a podium this weekend! Yesterday he laid eyes on his rally car for the first time, and he was impressed. - It is a masterpiece, with so many small fine details. It looks so cool, also inside the cockpit. The DS3 is easy drive and has a good balance, so I'm looking forward to finally start.
22 stages and 351 competitive kilometres are waiting for the drivers. A brand new stage is presented this year, SS4 and 7 Lшvhaugen, which starts in Sweden, takes the drivers to Norway, and ends back in Sweden. The final stage of the rally, SS22 Gustavsfors, will be broadcasted live on TV. The stage is the weekends Power Stage, and drivers are able to score extra points.
- To finish the rally with a Power Stage is a great idea, says Petter Solberg. - If you are fastest trough, you will be awarded with 3 points, and that is important points. I think that this may give the spectators some action at the end of the rally, and prevent us from just driving safely to secure our places.
Rally Sweden gets off with a Super Special at the trottlefield in Karlstad on Thursday evening. The stage starts at 2004, and will also be broadcasted live on TV.
-source: petter solberg