Solberg splits with co-driver Johnston

Oliver Solberg announced via his social media that he and his co-driver, Aaron Johnston, will go separate ways after a three-year partnership.

The crew started working together back in 2019 when they participated in six ERC events, in Latvian Championchip and in ARA while they bacame Latvian Champions that year.

In 2020, they did their debut in WRC3 category with the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 and at the same time they competed in two ERC events.

The Norwegian driver signed a contract with Hyundai Motorsport for this season and he joined the Junior Rally Programme of the Korean team.

Spesifically, he competed with the Hyundai i20 R5 in the first half of the season while they participated in the test programme for the new car of Hyundai, i20 N Rally2, in which competed in Belgium and in Greece.

It must be mentioned that the pair did its debut together in the main category of WRC in Kenya, but they were forced to retire from the first day due to suspension and to chassis damage.

Solberg did his debut in WRC at Arctic Rally Finland with the Rally1 car of Hyundai, but he had Seb Marshall alongside him as Johnston was tested positive for COVID-19.

"After nearly 3 fantastic years working together with Aaron Johnston, we've decided to go our separate ways", Solberg said.

"We have so many amazing memories together - our win on our debut together at Rally Aluksne in 2019, becoming 2019 Latvian Champions, winning with Subaru Motorsports USA, our WRC debut and first WRC class win, becoming 2020 ERC1 Junior Champions and our most recent win at Rally di Alba - it's been such an incredible time and one I will never forget!

"I would like to say a big thank you to Aaron for all of his hard work and professionalism over the past 3 years, and wish him all the very best for the future!".

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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