Oliver Solberg is shining in his first race with a top-class car. The young Swede, only 19 years old, is making the most of this opportunity from the first tests. Midway through the race, he was sixth in the Hyundai i20 WRC.
Solberg and Marshall started the rally with a small spin, with ten seconds remaining in qualifying. In the second special on Friday, already at night, they set the fourth best time, on a 31-kilometer stage. Despite having a better starting position, it is highly commendable.
Things haven’t changed at all this morning. Oliver Solberg has registered third, fourth and sixth best stage times. He has passed Takamoto Katsuta and Sébastien Ogier with the Toyota, and the distance between the three is four seconds.
In the last stage (the fifth) of 27.68 kilometers, Solberg was the second best classified Hyundai, only surpassed by a magnificent Ott Tänak, leader of the test. The Swede continues to learn, and is already in similar times to those of Thierry Neuville or Craig Breen.
These were the statements of the pupil of the Korean brand at the end of the last special: “It was a great stage, the best today. I pushed hard in many places, but then I was too careful in others. I am very happy”.