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ADAMO: SOLBERG WILL BE IN WORLD RALLY CAR AGAIN IN 2021

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT

WORDS BY DAVID EVANS

 

AFTER AN IMPRESSIVE DEBUT, SOLBERG WILL BE BACK AT THE TOP LEVEL – BUT ADAMO WON’T YET REVEAL WHEN

Oliver Solberg (SWE) and Aaron Johnston (IRL) are seen racing during the World Rally Championship Monte Carlo in Gap, France on 24,January // Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool
“You will send me the message, you will call me as well. I know how to manage you as well as the others – for you the information is coming drop-by-drop.”

Solberg signed for Hyundai at the start of the season with a WRC2 program based around the i20 R5 initially and then the i20 N Rally2 when it is homologated later in the year.

Asked if Solberg was building towards a full-time WRC seat next year, Adamo replied: “Who knows?”

But the foundation is good?

It would be stupid, from our side, to let him go somewhere else.ANDREA ADAMO

“For sure. I thought he could have made these times on the second pass [of stages]. I was happy but not surprised. Trust me, when I saw him in the test, his approach to that and to Monte Carlo, really I thought he was ready for this step without the pressure.

“There were many things I saw with him last year, but it was the powerstage in Monte Carlo when we decided to put him in the World Rally Car. We have all seen what he has done and it would be stupid, from our side, to let him go somewhere else.”

With Solberg primed for his WRC2 program, Adamo deflected the question of which was more important – season-long success in the World Rally Championship’s second tier or gaining World Rally Car experience.

“Both are very important,” he said in a way which indicated this interview might be nearing its conclusion…

Source: dirtfish.com