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Old 01-12-2009, 02:21 AM   #1
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Default Solberg confirmed for norway but w/ Citroen??

http://www.rallybuzz.com/petter-solb...-rally-norway/

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Petter Solberg has entered Rally Norway but has yet to confirm what car or team he will be in. He was, according to motorsport.no, scheduled to announce his plans yesterday, but it is thought that this was delayed because of a possible last minute deal with Citroen for Rally Norway.

Unconfirmed reports from the Sigdalsrally yesterday suggest that Solberg will drive a Citroen in Norway and be nominated for points, alongside Sebastien Loeb, in place of Dani Sordo. Solberg, however, refuses to comment on any speculation.
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http://wrc.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=101...oen%20comeback

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Petter Solberg confirms Citroen comeback
Petter Solberg will drive a privately owned 2006 specification Citroen Xsara WRC on Rally Norway and is planning on tackling the complete 2009 WRC season from then on.

The 2003 World Champion was left without a drive this year after his previous team, Subaru, pulled out of the series at the end of last year. And with no vacancies at the Ford or Citroen factory teams it looked like Petter might face at least one season on the sidelines before another manufacturer deal could be done.

However this afternoon, speaking to exclusively to wrc.com, Solberg said he intends to run his own team for up to 11 rounds this year, to keep up his rally knowledge and buy more time to negotiate a paid drive for 2010.

“I’ll be in the Xsara for Rally Norway and the plan is to do the whole championship from then - although not necessarily with the same car,” said Petter. “Everything I’m doing is being done with 2010 in mind. We’ll start with Norway, with my own team, but I haven’t got the entire 2009 season together yet. I’ve put this deal together in twenty days, and I expect things will change through the season. Nobody knows what the future will bring but I’m happy with what we’ve got for the short term.

“Okay, I know many people think I’m crazy for doing what I’m doing. Would Marcus Gronholm, Tommi Makinen or Colin McRae have done what I’m doing now? - I don’t think so,” he added.

Solberg has tested the Xsara just once, on snow, and descried the experience as ‘good fun’. He wouldn’t be drawn on comparisons with the Subaru Impreza - saying he’d have to wait until Norway to see how competitive the car would be.

Rumours earlier this month suggested Solberg might drive for a new Proton WRC team in 2010, and might make a few appearances this year in the Malaysian company’s Super 2000 specification Satira.

Petter refused to discuss specifics today but said the future was looking bright: “I have had a lot of talks with many manufacturers and things are looking very good for 2010 - but let’s deal with that as it comes. For now I’m free to do whatever I want - and that’s the main thing here. As soon as I get something for the future of course I will give it 110 per cent.”
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:24 PM   #2
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hehe that would be sweet..::sells car buys c4::
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:30 PM   #3
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Why doesn't he just pay for a privateer car? He's got the $$$ to run. @ Hollywood.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:12 PM   #4
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Why don't they just make Citroen the new spec rally racer and make EVERYONE drive one?
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:24 PM   #5
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that will be cool if he gets a ride with citoen.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:55 PM   #6
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It would be cool if he got a ride with Citroen, that way we could see who is the better driver.

I would bet Seb would still win.
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:53 AM   #7
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It would be cool if he got a ride with Citroen, that way we could see who is the better driver.

I would bet Seb would still win.
hope they dont bump heads
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:59 AM   #8
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Why doesn't he just pay for a privateer car? He's got the $$$ to run. @ Hollywood.

What is to say that there are late 2008 or 2009 spec privateer cars available.

Seems the Ford and Citroen are running at their current limits in terms of the cars they have entered and are supporting...
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:40 AM   #9
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be nice to see Petter try out a GpN or JWRC car. see where the talent stands.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:08 AM   #10
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What is to say that there are late 2008 or 2009 spec privateer cars available.

Seems the Ford and Citroen are running at their current limits in terms of the cars they have entered and are supporting...
Come on now...He's Petter Solberg. I'm sure he can work something out to get into a current spec Focus or C4.

Hell...talk to Prodrive/Subaru and re-livery the Impreza w/his big face on the bonnet with "HERE COMES HOLLYWOOD" on the side.
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:41 AM   #11
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Citroen Schmitroen

Petter just needs to pull his World Championship bugeye WRC Subie out of mothballs and go spank them leetle Euro-trash hatchbacks and show em what for.

Better yet, give him a proper Craftsman Truck with studded tires to do the job! Solberg knows RWD, he drove rwd toyotas and such back in the day.
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:20 AM   #12
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Why don't they just make Citroen the new spec rally racer and make EVERYONE drive one?
Better yet, have everyone buy a tube framed version of a rally hatch, then put Ford or Citroen stickers on. Then restrict the engines down to 200hp and let them start on stage 10 seconds apart. Yeeee hawww!
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:10 PM   #13
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off topic but is prevot still co driving for chris?
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:38 PM   #14
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off topic but is prevot still co driving for chris?
yes sir

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Citroen’s brand new Junior Team is represented by three crews. Reigning Junior World Rally Champions Sebastien Ogier / Julian Ingrassia and ex Subaru drivers Chris Atkinson / Stephane Prevot are nominated points scorers, while Conrad Rautenbach / Daniel Barritt will drive a third C4 WRC

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Old 01-26-2009, 01:52 PM   #15
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RUMORS ARE TRUE:

http://wrc.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=101...oen%20comeback

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Petter Solberg confirms Citroen comeback
Petter Solberg will drive a privately owned 2006 specification Citroen Xsara WRC on Rally Norway and is planning on tackling the complete 2009 WRC season from then on.

The 2003 World Champion was left without a drive this year after his previous team, Subaru, pulled out of the series at the end of last year. And with no vacancies at the Ford or Citroen factory teams it looked like Petter might face at least one season on the sidelines before another manufacturer deal could be done.

However this afternoon, speaking to exclusively to wrc.com, Solberg said he intends to run his own team for up to 11 rounds this year, to keep up his rally knowledge and buy more time to negotiate a paid drive for 2010.

“I’ll be in the Xsara for Rally Norway and the plan is to do the whole championship from then - although not necessarily with the same car,” said Petter. “Everything I’m doing is being done with 2010 in mind. We’ll start with Norway, with my own team, but I haven’t got the entire 2009 season together yet. I’ve put this deal together in twenty days, and I expect things will change through the season. Nobody knows what the future will bring but I’m happy with what we’ve got for the short term.

“Okay, I know many people think I’m crazy for doing what I’m doing. Would Marcus Gronholm, Tommi Makinen or Colin McRae have done what I’m doing now? - I don’t think so,” he added.

Solberg has tested the Xsara just once, on snow, and descried the experience as ‘good fun’. He wouldn’t be drawn on comparisons with the Subaru Impreza - saying he’d have to wait until Norway to see how competitive the car would be.

Rumours earlier this month suggested Solberg might drive for a new Proton WRC team in 2010, and might make a few appearances this year in the Malaysian company’s Super 2000 specification Satira.

Petter refused to discuss specifics today but said the future was looking bright: “I have had a lot of talks with many manufacturers and things are looking very good for 2010 - but let’s deal with that as it comes. For now I’m free to do whatever I want - and that’s the main thing here. As soon as I get something for the future of course I will give it 110 per cent.”
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:31 PM   #16
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"As soon as I get something for the future of course I will give it 110 per cent.”
Maybe he should stick to regular old 100% so he doesn't have an off and destroy his chances by pushing too hard. . .
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:44 PM   #17
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hahahaha I can just picture him saying I'm going to geeve it 110%
Good luck Petter! that would a funny if he got on the podium in the citroen first shot
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:37 PM   #18
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I cant see him going 110% because if crashes... thats his own money going to waste so he might hold back a little..... Or it can be the complete opposite!
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