Oliver Sol­berg lifts the Ral­lyx Nordic Cham­pi­onship at last round

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Oliver Sol­berg se­cured the Ral­lyx Nordic Cham­pi­onship ti­tle driv­ing his fa­ther Pet­ter’s for­mer World RX Citroen DS3 Su­per­car in the fi­nal round of the sea­son at Tierp.

It was a race of at­tri­tion on a cir­cuit that be­came in­creas­ingly rough and rut­ted over the course of the day. Sol­berg started the fi­nal on pole po­si­tion and held on to claim vic­tory. That was de­spite a con­gested open­ing cor­ner as near­est chal­lenger in the points, Oliver Eriks­son, re­tired af­ter con­tact with An­dreas Carls­son on the open­ing lap.

Ols­bergs MSE driver Robin Lars­son was re­united with his World Ral­ly­cross event-win­ning Audi A1 and fin­ished sec­ond, as Philip Gehrman com­pleted the podium in a Per Ek­lund-run Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle.

“I pushed re­ally hard to take the win in Q1 but then in Q2 I had a punc­ture and in Q3 the rear wheel came off, so I lost three points to Eriks­son and I thought ‘now it is go­ing to be tight’,” said Sol­berg Jr. “When he [Eriks­son] came sec­ond in his semi-fi­nal I felt a bit more re­laxed. In the fi­nal I had the per­fect launch and I braked into the hair­pin with the lead, but I was hit from be­hind. I don’t know how I did it but it worked! It is in­cred­i­ble to win this ti­tle. Three wins from six events is fan­tas­tic, it has been an amaz­ing sea­son.”

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