Starting a tarmac rally in a new car is a though decision, but with today's result in Spain, Petter Solberg and co-driver Phil Mills have showed the world that anything is possible.
It's been one year since they last drove on tarmac - as a works Subaru team - and compared with
the other drivers, the Petter Solberg World Rally Team duo only had a minimum of practice before they started the World Rally Championship's Spanish round. To that must be added the inherent difficulty in adapting to the team's new Citroen C4 WRC as well.
Six stages were on the agenda today, and Solberg is 4th overall at the conclusion of Day Two. The Norwegian gained pace and progressed throughout, and was thrilled when he signed a stage win on today's final run.
"What a day! Everything has been according to our plan, and that stage win at the end of the day was incredible," declared a very proud Petter Solberg. "It feels so good to be in a car like this, doing your best – and it actually turns out to be really fast!
"I've been fighting for a long time now to be at the top, and today I proved to myself that I can fight at the top," Solberg said.
Rally Spain continues with six more stages tomorrow; 22.4 seconds separate Solberg from standing on the podium when the race concludes on Sunday afternoon. Anything is possible.