TWO GREATS ON RALLY GB

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This week’s World RX of Great Bri­tain will of­fer Pet­ter Sol­berg the op­por­tu­nity to set­tle the score with Se­bastien Loeb.

For 11 years the pair com­peted in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship in sim­i­lar ma­chin­ery – even if three of Sol­berg’s last four years were in a pri­vate car. From 2002 to 2005 Sol­berg beat the French­man on Rally GB. Loeb missed the 2006 event with his in­jured shoul­der, but when he came back to the Welsh woods, he had the edge over the Nor­we­gian.

The pair both re­tired in 2011, but when they have started and fin­ished the rally in a World Rally Car, Loeb has beaten Sol­berg five times, while the de­fend­ing World RX cham­pion beat the then Citroen-driv­ing hero four times.

These two pro­vided one of the most en­ter­tain­ing and nail-bit­ing fin­ishes to Bri­tain’s WRC round in 2004, when Sol­berg trailed Loeb by 3.5 sec­onds go­ing into the fi­nal gravel stage of the rally, Margam Park.

A huge ef­fort from Sol­berg and co-driver Phil Mills left them an as­ton­ish­ing 9.2s faster than Loeb in a per­for­mance that won them the rally. “I never for­get that stage,” said Sol­berg. “There was noth­ing left, we were ab­so­lutely flat, flat out. We took some risks and pushed like hell. I knew he would be push­ing as well. I like that win.”

Sol­berg’s huge 2004 GB win is spe­cial to him

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