Solberg looking forward to Estonian rally return
Last time Oliver Solberg was in Estonia, he used his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 to dominate the R5 category scoring a fourth consecutive win in the car. He’s looking for more of the same when he returns for Lõuna-Eesti Ralli next week.
The Võru-based event in south-east Estonia will be slightly different to last month’s Shell Helix Rally Estonia, which runs with WRC official promotion status and was attended by the WRC’s big four manufacturers. That means less current generation World Rally Cars for Oliver to set his sights on.
“Rally Estonia was a great event,” said Oliver. “It was the closest thing I’d done compared to a WRC round – all the teams were there and the atmosphere around the event was really similar to what we find with the world championship.
“To score a win in the R5 class was very special for me, but now I’m looking forward to the next one. I’ve done [Lõuna-Eesti Ralli] for the last two years in the Peugeot [208 R2], so I’ve got a good idea of what to expect.
“The roads are mainly quite fast, wide and enjoyable. And I can’t wait to get back out there with the Polo.
“The problem I have right now is that I want to be driving this car every minute of every day. When I’m in it and competing, the time goes too quickly and the time between rallies – even between the stages – goes too slowly!
“This year is all about getting as much seat time and experience as I can.”
The Lõuna-Eesti Ralli starts from Võru City on Friday August 30.
Based: Võru City
Competitive distance: 110.07km
Total distance: 422.72km