Born: 23 September 2001
Racing License: Latvia
2018 RallyX Nordic Champion (3 wins)
2nd - R2 Latvian Rally Championship 2018
2nd - RallyX Nordic 2017 (2 wins)
2nd - Bologna Motorshow 2017
Norwegian Crosskart Champion - 2012, 2014
Nordic Crosskart Champion - 2014, 2015, 2016
Solberg. It's a name inextricably linked with motorsport, and so it comes as no surprise that the youngest family member is already making a splash in the motorsport world at such a young age.
Oliver Solberg started his life at top speed, literally! Born 3 months early in 2001, he was attending WRC events with Petter and Pernilla by 2003, and was driving regularly before turning 6 years old. You might think that having parents who both have motorsport in their blood might mean a career behind the wheel was inevitable, but that wasn't the case. Oliver chose his own way and was never pushed one way or the other, but after trying out soccer, hockey and karting, he finally decided he wanted to drive on dirt...
What followed was several years racing in crosskarts - very fast, very light buggies with close racing on circuits including the legendary Holjes. The first race win didn't take long, winning in Flisa at 8 years of age. By 2012 he had won the Norwegian Championship, and then after a step up to a higher class he claimed consecutive championship wins in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He needed a new challenge.
That new challenge was rallying - a sport synonymous with the Solberg name. At only 15 years old, the Latvian Rally Championship was one of the few places he could compete in 2017, and with such great roads and organisation it was the perfect place to learn without too much pressure. With 2 wins and several top performances in his Peugeot 208 R2, it certainly was a good start to life on the rally stages.
As if rallying wasn't enough, Oliver also tried out rallycross in 2017, bringing his father's old 600bhp DS3 Supercar to RallyX Nordic. After a podium on his debut, 2 wins and some incredible performances he ended 2nd in the championship. Not bad for a 15 year old.
And in 2018, Oliver went one step better, becoming the 2018 RallyX Nordic Champion with 3 wins, sealing the title in the final race of the season at Tierp Arena.
Oliver also competed in his second season of the Latvian Rally Championship in 2018, gaining more experience in the Peugeot 208 R2 and steadily improving his pace - despite some bad luck he ultimately finished 2nd in both the LRC3 and U28 categories behind European champion Martin Sesks.
In 2019 Oliver stepped into R5 machinery, driving a VW Polo GTI R5 in the Latvian/Estonian/Baltic Rally Championship, and took to the increased power immediately - racking up 5 straight class wins on his way to the Championship title.
He also followed in his father's footsteps to join Subaru Motorsports USA, rallying the latest Impreza STI dressed in the historic blue and gold livery in the American Rally Championship. And even this challenge wasn't too much for Oliver as he claimed victory on only his second outing at the legendary Olympus Rally.