SOLBERG WRC RETURN?

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SOLBERG WRC RETURN?

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PHOTO: Petter Solberg in action for Subaru WRT at 2013 Rally Australia.

PETTER Solberg, one of the most popular WRC drivers of the past decade, could return to the championship in 2015.

The Norwegian 2003 World Champion won the inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship this year, but has never denied ambitions to return to rallying.

He told Britain’s Autosport magazine a WRC return was possible.

While still working to find partners for a potential World RX title defence, Solberg is also looking at options to take him back to the series where he won his first world crown, Autosport’s David Evans wrote.

The Norwegian wouldn’t be drawn on the specifics of the talks.

“Things are happening,” said Solberg, “and, yes, maybe it is possible [to go back to the WRC].”

“Nothing is sorted for next season. I always said I would never say never when I was asked about going back to the WRC.

“Rallying is in my heart and always will be.”

Solberg admitted next month’s Monte Carlo Rally was too close to secure a WRC deal, adding: “I won’t be in round one, that’s pretty sure.

“But after that, who knows? I like Sweden and we did well there in the last couple of years [winning the Swedish historic event in his own Ford Escort].”

Solberg departed the WRC at the end of 2012 when Ford withdrew, after finishing on the podium on five of 13 rallies in a factory Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

His last appearance at Rally Australia was in 2011, where he finished third in a privateer Citroen DS3.

He says his time in World RX has given him and edge to take back to rallying.

“What I have been doing for the last two years has made me look at everything and analyse it a little bit differently. I’m driving better than ever now,” he said.

Solberg was honoured at the recent Autosport Awards in London, receiving a Gregor Grant award in recognition of winning world championships in two disciplines.