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Old 27 Jan 2009, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Solberg to run his own team for now with a xsara

Could be old news to some of you The Times - Solberg plans to race in 2009
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Re: Solberg to run his own team for now with a xsara

No probs pete,will be interesting to see how competetive petter is in a xsara (albeit an old car now) compared to how he were doin in a scooby for the past few yr.

Looking fwd to watching wrc again on tv now.
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Re: Solberg to run his own team for now with a xsara

Nice snub to Subaru him going for a Citroen. Good on him!
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Re: Solberg to run his own team for now with a xsara

Would like to see loeb and petter in the same car(once petter`s had more experience in a citroen)though theres no doubt loeb`s a very special rally driver.


Seemed to me petter lost the will with scoobys a bit as he always seemed to be struggling with a uncompetetive car in comparison to what ford and citroen drivers had.
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Re: Solberg to run his own team for now with a xsara

Actually makes you wonder if his plan is to impress the citroen team in a older car this year to maybe get a drive with them next yr.
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Seemed to me petter lost the will with scoobys a bit as he always seemed to be struggling with a uncompetetive car in comparison to what ford and citroen drivers had.

I thought the same thing dave and yes Wayne good on him.
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Re: Solberg to run his own team for now with a xsara

If i were Petter i would have started my own private Subaru team, then gone out and won rallies to really rub it in the face of Subaru. At least then he can do exactly what he wants with the car and develop it to win races, not just to show face!!

Going with Citroen Xsara, a car that has had very recent success over the last 2 or 3 years IMHO is mentally the easy way out because he think's the car is that good that he will acheive wins regardless. He doesn't have experience with the Xsara and it will take a fair bit of time to make the car competitive and possibly win races.

At least with the Subaru he has a lot of experience, knows the car inside out and will have a damn good idea where it all went wrong so he can put it right.

I don't think a Citroen is the right move anyway, and for me at least i think he's lost his competitive edge. There are much better drivers out there and WRC doesn't need one trick ponies.
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Re: Solberg to run his own team for now with a xsara

In my opinion though a good driver in a crap car can only do so much then finds his driving pushing beyond the equipments limits.


Maybe its the fact that recent scoobys(no matter who were driving)were an average package at best therefore to start with a proven car that you know can produce good results leaves the rest in the drivers hands.


Not saying it aint gonna take time to get used to, however petter must believe he has more chance of getting used to a new car an doing well than flogging a dead horse so to speak with a subaru like he has been doin for a good while now.

Personally think he`ll rise to the challenge-not expecting wins or anything just decent results(its still an old car)
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In my opinion though a good driver in a crap car can only do so much then finds his driving pushing beyond the equipments limits.


Maybe its the fact that recent scoobys(no matter who were driving)were an average package at best therefore to start with a proven car that you know can produce good results leaves the rest in the drivers hands.


Not saying it aint gonna take time to get used to, however petter must believe he has more chance of getting used to a new car an doing well than flogging a dead horse so to speak with a subaru like he has been doin for a good while now.

Personally think he`ll rise to the challenge-not expecting wins or anything just decent results(its still an old car)
Colin said ''if in doubt flat out'' he would push beyond the limits... Petter very different sort of driver... Loeb very very special... but Colin would have done him... and burn would have done them both! As for Petter... he deserves every sucess.. who will co drive?
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Re: Solberg to run his own team for now with a xsara

Not convinced colin would have beat loeb-loeb makes very few errors dont get me wrong great to watch was our colin but for me fave subaru driver will always be richard burns.


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Re: Solberg to run his own team for now with a xsara

Update Petter Solberg World Rally Team Citroen Xsara WRC press conference photos | RallyBuzz


World Rally Championship - News - Petter Solberg returns


Gotta be honest still think he`s done well in the time he`s had.
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Re: Solberg to run his own team for now with a xsara

Update for those interested

World Rally Championship - News - Petter back in business
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Petter’s black and silver Citroen Xsara was first built in 2001 and has won four WRC rallies at the hands of Sebastien Loeb.
He could do very well in this car its got a great pedigree.
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Re: Solberg to run his own team for now with a xsara

On his first WRC outing in his Citroen Xsara, Petter Solberg recorded the fifth-fastest time, beating his brother by one second.
P-WRC competitor Toshi Arai suffered a set-back when the engine in his Subaru Impreza failed after his second run. Having fitted a spare engine Arai will start the rally with a five-minute penalty.
Here are the rest of today’s shakedown times:
1. LOEB. Citroen C4. 1:59.3
2. HIRVONEN. Ford Focus RS WRC 08. 1:59.7
3. SORDO. Citroen C4. 1:59.8
4. LATVALA. Ford Focus RS WRC 08. 2:00.0
5. P. SOLBERG. Citroen Xsara. 2:01.1
6. H. SOLBERG. Ford Focus RS WRC 08. 2:02.1
7. WILSON. Ford Focus RS WRC 08. 2:02.8
8. AAVA. Ford Focus RS WRC 08. 2:03.0
9. ANDERSSON. Skoda Fabia WRC. 2:03.3
10. GRONDAL. Subaru Impreza WRC. 2:03.7
11. OGIER. Citroen C4. 2:03.9
12. RAUTENBACH. Citroen C4. 2:04.5
13. OSTBERG. Subaru Impreza WRC 2008. 2:04.9
14. NOVIKOV. Citroen C4. 2:07.8
15. MIKKELSEN. Subaru WRX STi. 2:08.8
16. FLODIN. Subaru Impreza WRX STi. 2:09.0
17. SANDELL. Skoda Fabia Super 2000. 2:09.2
18. PROKOP. Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX. 2:11.1
19. NEIKSANS. Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX. 2:11.8
20. SOUSA. Fiat Abarth Grande Punto. 2:13.2
21. SEMERĄD. Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX. 2:13.3
22. BRYNILDSEN. Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX. 2:13.7
23. ARAUJO. Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX. 2:14.1
24. TARABUS. Fiat Grande Punto S2000. 2:15.4
25. ARAI. Subaru Impreza WRX STi. 2:16.4
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