RX: Solberg working on manufacturer deals

World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg is working on securing manufacturer backing for his World RX team and will defend his championship next season.The Norwegian is keen to progress with his own team rather than driving for another outfit, and will remain with his current Citroen DS3 next season if he can’t come to an agreement for works backing from another marque.
Petter Solberg
Petter Solberg

“I’m working very hard to get a manufacturer behind me,” Solberg said. “Hopefully for next year but maybe we will be stronger in 2017 in that respect. We have a plan with this car if we have to continue, but we are working on manufacturers all the time.”

While Solberg won a second consecutive title, the Peugeot-Hansen squad set the pace through the latter part of the 2015 season with its Peugeot 208, developed between Kenneth Hansen’s team in Sweden and Peugeot Sport in France. The 2003 World Rally champion also expects other rival teams to up their game in 2016.

“Everybody knows that Hansen has a proper Peugeot team,” said Solberg. “I knew this would happen one day in rallycross. They’ve done a fantastic job; it’s just put everything on a higher level for next year so we need to push.

“Everyone is developing hard. It will be much harder to win next year. Teams are planning a lot and some good drivers are talking about coming.

“Manfred Stohl is pushing hard for next year with his team and [Mattias] Ekstrom is getting a lot of data all the time to improve and his car is getting better and better.”

Source:P Autosport/Racer