WRX A FULL 2017
INTERVIEW SPECIAL: PETTER SOLBERG “THIS IS MY LIFE”.
Interview with Petter Solberg
“Extremely excited and with positive anticipation!”
Finally! The new WRX season is getting underway in Barcelona. Joining the show is the PSRX team with Petter Solberg, Johan Kristoffersson and the brand-new Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar. Ahead of the season opener in Catalunya, Petter Solberg talks about expectations, the new car and the athmosphere in Barcelona’s football mecca Camp Nou.
3 April 2017
Petter, how does your new car made by Volkswagen feel?
Petter Solberg (laughs): The Polo GTI is a fast car – which we will hopefully see on Saturday. The philosophy behind it obviously stems from the WRC version, and together with Volkswagen Motorsport we have tried to transfer as much as possible from it to the WRX version. However, WRC and WRX are two completely different settings. During the short time we had available to do it, everybody has done an excellent job.
So far you have been a one-man show, now you have a young and extremely fast team-mate in Johan Kristoffersson. How do the both of you get along?
Solberg: We get along very well, and we have had a lot of fun during the test drives. Johan may be young but he brings a lot of rallycrosss championship experience to the table. And has been in a Volkswagen Polo already in the past. I am looking forward to the season with him, and it is our goal to win the team championship. I think this is possible!
What can the fans expect from the 2017 rallycross season?
Solberg: Drivers and teams alike are extremely excited and feel a positive anticipation. You can feel it when you walk the pits. Nobody knows exactly how good your own car really is, before it will hit the tracks on Saturday. And there are at least ten drivers who compete for the title this year. The driver line-up in the rallycross championship has never been better.
Which of the twelve tracks is your favourite one?
Solberg: I really don’t have one. No matter where, no matter what the track conditions will be. Whether it’s rain or shine, I just love being fast with the WRX car. One thing I do care about, however, is the fans. When you feel their excitement and passion, it is a great source of inspiration.
Final question: We are in Barcelona, you are a football fan – have you ever been to watch a game at Camp Nou?
Solberg: Yes, last year I was invited by the President. It was fantastic. A great atmosphere inside the stadium, just amazing. They also had good food (laughs), and I was able to get my son a jersey as a surprise gift. It now hangs on the wall in his room at home.
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