PETTER CLAIMS THIRD HISTORIC VICTORY

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PETTER CLAIMS THIRD HISTORIC VICTORY

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FORMER world champion Petter Solberg and his wife and co-driver Pernilla celebrated Valentine’s Day with a third successive victory on Rally Sweden Historic, which finished in Hagfors on Saturday afternoon.

Petter’s latest rally success came 10 years after a dominant win with the Subaru World Rally Team on the same roads.

Petter and Pernilla were the class of a quality field of historic motors in their Ford Escort Mk II, winning every stage and powering to a three-minute victory after just 128 kilometres of competition.

“This has been fantastic. I did this event for the first time in 2013 and really enjoyed it, but it’s just got better and better every time,” the 2003 World Rally Champion and 2014 World Rallycross Champion said.

“This year we had done some more work on the car and it was just amazing. I’m a rally driver again and it was fantastic. I loved it.

“Driving at home in Norway, in front of the big crowds was unbelievable for me yesterday and then it was the same for Pernilla when we were competing here in Sweden today. What a great event and, not a bad result either, eh…”

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.