Sardinia - Petter Solberg World Rally Team - Preview
The WRC's trip to Argentina was a negative one for the Petter Solberg World Rally Team, and its members wish to put it all behind them.
Firstly, their Citroen Xsara lost all fuel pressure as Solberg was running
in third position overall, forcing a heart-breaking retirement from the event. Secondly, a thief got away with Team Manager Ken Rees' briefcase, which contained important documents, a laptop, money and passports.
It was time to head home and wish for better luck on the next round: this week the World Rally Championship travels to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia for the mid-point of the season.
"Sardinia is a rally I like quite well," says Petter Solberg, who won here back in 2004. "The stages are twisty, narrow and sandy, and some of them are quite fast."
The Norwegian and co-driver Phil Mills will be racing aboard their privateer car once again, but this time it has been upgraded to 2006 specifications.
"It will be exciting to see how the Xsara will be with the new 2006 spec," Solberg anticipates as he aims for another podium result this weekend upon the island's rough gravel routes.
"Hot temperature will also be a challenge, as the weather forecast says it could be as hot as 30 degrees Celsius," he adds.
Rally d'Italia Sardegna begins this Friday; Olbia hosts the service park and rally headquarters. The programme includes 17 stages to cover among the beautiful mountains surrounding the port city.