Oliver Solberg chases Royal Rally double in Sweden

It’s time for Royal Rally of Scandinavia (June 13-15), known in the Solberg household as the ultimate family battle.  It’s Oliver against Petter. Youth taking on experience. World championship contender plays three-time world champion. 

Oliver Solberg is ready for the Royal Rally of Scandinavia, which will take place next weekend from June 13th to 15th. The young son of a racing legend is determined to replicate the success he achieved in 2023 when he was driving a Volkswagen Polo. This year, Oliver will be behind the wheel of a Skoda Fabia Rally2, the car he regularly pilots in the WRC2 special stages.

“I can’t wait,” said Oliver, who won the inaugural Royal Rally of Scandinavia 12 months ago. “We’re talking a lot about this battle, who is going to win between my father and me and all of that is very nice – but the main thing is that I’m just super-happy to be out there racing against him again. There’s something very special to be at a stage start and for us both to be pulling on our crash helmets and our driving gloves. It’s really cool.”

Oliver’s Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 and Petter’s family Volkswagen Polo R5 will feature a new livery for this event – both cars reflecting the partnership with Safedrive, Norway’s best-selling traffic alarm system.

The Karlstad-based round of the European Rally Championship gets underway with a crowd-pleasing superspecial stage on Thursday evening before the competition goes between the trees for two days of flat-out racing through the Värmland forests. 

“As well as competing on my home event,” added Oliver, “this rally will also bring me some good seat time and experience before the World Rally Championship moves into some of the more high-speed events.

“I think the competition will be tough, there’s some very fast drivers in the ERC. I won last year, it would be nice to do the same this time. And, of course, it would be nice to beat Pappa.”