Oliver Solberg said switching to the World Rally Car was “easier” than expected after the first tests prior to his Arctic Rally debut in class.
The Swedes first experienced the Hyundai Motorsport i20 Coupe WRC in a test held in Finland on Sunday. After confirmation comes Last week of his top tier WRC debut was this month.
Solberg spent most of his day driving a Supermini ahead of the Arctic Finland Rally later this month.
He was supposed to be attended by regular co-driver Aaron Johnston in a test near Rovaniemi, but due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Ulsterman was unable to arrive at the venue in time.
The vacancy was filled by Martin Järveoja, who won the 2019 WRC Crown at Ott Tänak.
A promising 19-year-old also ran many times in the dark, simulating the conditions he could expect on the night stage of the rally.
For these, Andrea Adamo, a modern motorsport team principal, was sitting beside him.
“In fact, I think the car was a little easier and a little easier to drive than I expected,” Solberg said.
“What surprised me was the grip in the high-speed corners.
“Aero is great. Coupled with the work done by the Center Differential, this car is incredible.
“When I set up the suspension and differential, I found some really good ones.
“I wish I had some really fast corners on the test road just to see what I could do at full speed. [sections]..
“I want to understand more from this wonderful car. I want to try the 6-speed corner. I want to have fun. And I want to keep a smile.
“It was a real honor to have Andrea in the car to drive several times in the dark at the end of the day. It was so cool and a great way to end an incredible day.
“I must thank Andrea for making this car and making this dream come true, and everyone at Hyundai Motorsport.”
Solberg will use the time to the second round of the 2021 season to analyze the data collected from pre-event tests last weekend.
“It was great to talk to engineers, mechanics, and everyone on the team, not just driving. They are really great people,” he added.
“They are very motivated and very cool.”
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