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THE NEXT GENERATION: SOLBERG WINNING WITH SUBARU

Apr 292019

A Solberg, a Subaru, a stage rally win. History repeating itself, or just the way it’s supposed to be? We think both. This time it’s the younger generation taking the silverware though, and there’s no sign of any let off.

In only Oliver Solberg’s second ever event with Subaru Motorsports USA, the 17 year old dominated the 2019 DirtFish Olympus Rally, by recording the fastest time of nine of of the 12 forest stages in the state of Washington.

“This is only my second ever gravel rally in a four-wheel drive car,” said Oliver. “So I’m still learning everything, really; learning to drive first on the road was just another lesson on this rally. Seriously though, I knew it would be tough – David had told me this was the worst rally of the season to be first on the road. And then I found out I would be there!”

“Honestly, this is such an emotional moment for me,” continued Oliver, moments after stepping down from celebrating on the roof of the Subaru, complete with its famous blue and yellow livery. “When we got to the end of the last stage, it was like a dream had come true for me. My mom was first to the car and then dad… you know we have all worked hard for this and I have a lot to thank those guys for. Us Solbergs, we’re an emotional family and this was an incredible, incredible moment for us all.

“Saturday was a good day, everything went to plan, but yesterday (Sunday) was a little bit more complicated. I got two rear punctures on stage 10 which made the final stage closer than it should have been. We went into that last 20-miler with only 13 seconds lead over my team-mate David [Higgins]. Because we had that issue with the punctures and I was so focused to the fight, I think it helped take away some of the nerves. For sure, it added to the feeling of relief when we came across the line.”

 

Olivers’s Dad - three time FIA world Champion - Petter added: “Like Oliver said, this really is a dream for us all. OK, we knew the result was possible after the last rally (100 Acre Wood), but the way he did it was special. I know what first on the road means and, I tell you, this was a big achievement.

 

“I went to the stages to watch for the first time on Saturday and I tell you, watching this sport as a father is much harder than competing! But I was impressed. Very impressed. To see a Solberg win in those colours again is special. This is a weekend Pernilla and I will never forget.”

 

With three wins (and a second place) from his first four rallies in a four-wheel drive car, Oliver will now turn his attention back to the Latvian Championship. He will drive a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 on Rally Liepāja next month.

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