Petter Solberg press release
Two weeks after their well deserved third place finish in Australia, The Petter Solberg World Rally Team is in the mainland Alsace region of France for round eleven of thirteen of the World Rally Championship. Based in Strasbourg, close to the German border and just under 400kms from Paris, the rally features various types of tarmac roads running through forests high in the hills, vineyard stages and a stage in a military camp. Surfaces can soon become very muddy and slippery thanks to the changeable weather conditions.
The rally starts on Friday with four stages in the morning, the first two running in the opposite direction to last year, followed by the longest stage of the rally, the Pays d'Ormont which has been extended to 36kms. The four morning stages will run again in the afternoon following the lunchtime service. Saturday follows a similar format with the four morning stages repeated in the afternoon but this time separated by a remote service in Colmar and concluding with a new 3.09kms town centre stage. Sunday’s six stages include two new additions, 10.87kms Graviere de Bischwiller and 10.61kms Vignoble de Cleebourg, both of which will be running twice, as will 4.20kms Haguenau, the stage through Sebastien Loeb’s hometown which, on it’s second run will form the Powerstage and will be broadcast live on TV, offering additional Championship points for the fastest three drivers.
- I was really happy with our third in Australia, says Petter Solberg. - That was a great bonus for both the team and myself. Now I hope we can keep the same pace in France, and hopefully we can defend our third place there from last year. I’m looking forward to it!