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 Petter Solberg

Petter Solberg from Spydeberg is a professional rally driver, currently driving for the Ford World Rally Team in the World Rally Championship. Petter Solberg have a older brother Henning Solberg. Petter Solberg debuted in the World Rally Championship in 1998 and was signed by the Ford factory team in 1999. The following year, Solberg started his successful partnership with the Subaru World Rally Team.

With the Subaru works team, Petter Solberg finished runner-up to Marcus Grönholm in 2002 and then became the first Norwegian to win the drivers" world title in 2003. In the following two seasons, he finished runner-up to Sébastien Loeb.

In 2003, Petter Solberg beat fellow WRC young-gun, Citroen-mounted Sébastien Loeb at the Wales Rally GB, launching him to his second win in Wales and his first (and to date, only) World Rally Championship title.

Following Subaru´s withdrawal from the WRC at the end of the 2008 season, Solberg secured private backing to start the Petter Solberg World Rally Team and competed with a 2006-spec Citroën Xsara WRC for the majority of the 2009 season, before switching to a 2008-spec Citroën C4 WRC for Rally Catalunya and Rally GB.

Petter Solberg is married to a Swede, Pernilla Walfridsson, with whom he has a son, Oliver. Pernilla is the daughter of former Volvo factory driver and 1980 European Rallycross Champion, Per-Inge "Pi" Walfridsson (who also claimed a remarkable fourth overall in the 1973 RAC Rally). Pernilla was also, for some time, one of the world´s leading female rally drivers.

More info about Petter Solberg at Wikipedia.

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