Petter Solberg returns in ERC

Petter Solberg, 2003 World Rally Champion, will return to the FIA ERC at Bauhaus Royal Rally of Scandinavia on june 13 – 15, tewntysix years after he finished second in South Swedish Rally. Norwegian legend will drive a Volkswagen Polo R5

Petter Solberg really doesn’t want to retire. The Norwegian, who was the world champion in 2003 with the legendary Subaru Impreza WRC, is ready to return to racing in the FIA ERC. He will do so at his home race, the Bauhaus Royal Rally of Scandinavia, which is the third round of the continental series scheduled from June 13 to 15.

Solberg will be driving the family’s Volkswagen Polo R5, the same car that his son Oliver won the Scandinavian race with last year. The call of the racing car was too strong, and it didn’t take long for one of the most beloved champions by the public to be convinced to return to competition. The Polo that Solberg will use has chassis number #1, making it the first one built by the German manufacturer’s racing department. Reading the pace notes will be Swedish co-driver Jonas Andersson.

Petter will be back to compete after five years, and his last race was the Wales Rally GB, where he finished in tenth place overall and first in the WRC2 class.

“It was calling me… every time I was in the workshop, the car was telling me to use it. You can’t ignore that. You know me, you know this family – rallying is everything to us. Last year I took my mother for a ride in my Citroën C4 WRC on one stage of Royal Rally. That was nice, but Oliver was having all the fun and winning the rally. I want to have some of that fun. The rally is really close for us, we have a lot of friends and family close by and, of course, we have Monster Energy, Pirelli and Castrol coming with us. We take the Polo and we do this together.”

Solberg also added: “This is to enjoy. The priority is to drive the car – the first ever Polo R5 made, chassis number one – to make the smiles and to give something to the rally fans coming from Norway and for those people watching the ERC from around the world. Last year we worked hard to help the organisers to build this event up and this is the same. Like always, we do everything we can to build rallying up some more. I don’t go there trying to win, it’s for the show and to enjoy the driving. We know there are a lot of very fast drivers in ERC – it’s one hell of a competition. It will be tough. It’s five years since I did Rally GB (winning WRC2 and finishing 10th overall), nothing since then. The speed is incredible in the championship and you can’t just switch it back on.”