Solberg sees WRC2 outing in Portugal as a development process for his future

Oliver Solberg believes that his participation in Portugal will be useful for his future and is being grateful that Hyundai will give him the chance to compete there in WRC2 class.

The young star of Hyundai competed in Portugal with the Hyundai i20 R5 last year and finished fifth in the overall classification of WRC2 category while he was eleventh in the overall classification of that event.

He is currently driving for Hyundai Motorsport with the i20N Rally1 and has a part-time program this year, but he will compete in the majority of this year's championship as Dani Sordo is expected to take part only in five events.

"One of the things that really made me think was how technical the stages were", Solberg said.

"You really had to work at the pace notes, the roads are quite deceptive and tricky.

"Last year we worked to understand this rally and things like the complicated choice of tyres. 

"We made some experience and we will make some more this time.

"This event was one of the highlights of last year. 

"Portugal was one of the rallies I’d watched so many times. 

"It’s kind of iconic with the hairpin and the jump in Fafe and so many other names of stages.

"There was a really cool atmosphere there last season and I’m sure it will be the same again this time.

"Of course, I would love to be driving the i20 Rally1, it’s an amazing car – who wouldn’t want 500bhp. 

"But Dani and me are sharing, so it’s his turn now.

"I’m thankful to the team for giving me the Rally2 car so I can go and drive in Portugal again. 

"It’s going to be interesting to go to WRC2 again. 

"It’s a big fight and I think it will be again in Portugal".


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