SOLBERGS TO GO HEAD TO HEAD

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The Sol­berg fam­ily will be di­vided at this week­end’s Gymkhana Grid event in South Africa as Pet­ter com­petes against his son Oliver for the first time.

Sol­berg Sr is joined by his PSRX Volk­swa­gen Swe­den team-mate Jo­han Kristof­fers­son in a brace of Polo R Su­per­cars for the Jo­han­nes­burg event. Oliver will drive the Citroen Xsara WRC his fa­ther used in the 2009 World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

De­spite run­ning an older car, 17-year-old Oliver is con­fi­dent he can put up a good show against the might of the two-time World Ral­lycross ti­tle-win­ning team.

“I tested a lot of the time with my dad,” Oliver told MN, “we drove a lot of cars, test­ing a lot of the time on the frozen lake and that was re­ally fun. But now it’s a bit dif­fer­ent. It’s time for the com­pe­ti­tion now and it’s ac­tu­ally quite a strange feel­ing to be rac­ing against him.

“I know it’s go­ing to be tough, you know he and Jo­han have so much more power than me – they have nearly 600 horse­power and I only have 370. Don’t for­get to write down that I’m in the Xsara – make sure you write how old it is!

“It’s been a long year and we’ve been trav­el­ling a lot, so to fin­ish the sea­son and com­pet­ing at the same event will be good. And I’ve done some prac­tice. Be­fore we came to South Africa, I was putting the cones out and work­ing with the Xsara on the hand­brake and ev­ery­thing. When the com­pe­ti­tion starts, we all want to win.”

Pet­ter ad­mit­ted it would be an emo­tional week­end, telling

MN: “Pernilla and I have seen Oliver grow­ing up and get­ting faster and faster and now when he’s go­ing out to the car, nei­ther of us re­ally wants to race him any­more! Hope­fully we might have a bit of an ad­van­tage with the car this week­end, but it’s go­ing to be in­cred­i­ble to see him on the same en­try list.

“You know I’m just proud of what he’s do­ing and how he’s do­ing it. Did he say he thought he could beat me? Maybe I need to show him, eh? ”

World RX’S dom­i­nant force Kristof­fers­son is look­ing for­ward to watch­ing the fam­ily ri­valry at close quar­ters.

“Any­body who knows the Sol­berg fam­ily knows it is crazy for com­pe­ti­tion and this week­end will be no dif­fer­ent,” he said.

Oliver’s older Citroen Xsara Oliver (left) will take on his fa­ther Pet­ter

Sol­berg Jr in hill­climb ac­tion

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