At the end of last year, he found himself without a drive for 2009 due to Subaru leaving the WRC for good. Quickly enough, he managed to secure some funding for his own team and developed a 2-year old Citroen Xsara by the second round of the year. He scored points in 5 of the following 9 rounds, 2 podiums included, and now sits 6th overall in the drivers' classification.
As predicted, he was totally unhappy with how this season progressed so far and announced that he'll only take part in the series next year if he'll have a shot at the title. However, with 2 rounds still remaining this season, the Norwegian now believes he holds the best chances of scoring a WRC win since his last one in the series, back in 2004.
However, his hopes are not for the Rally Spain later this week, but for Rally GB, the very season finale. Solberg will head to Spain with his brand new Citroen C4 WRC, a car that the former WRC champion seems very content of ahead of the Catalonian event.
“This is the closest I have been (to winning) since 2004. I had great cars to drive in 2001, 02, 03 and 04, but since then it was difficult - until now! I'm so excited about this car. It's the philosophy of the car, everything feels right - I'm just going to get in it and drive,” said Solberg.
“Of course I can't wait to drive in Spain, but this event is for fun. Let me learn the car here and then Rally GB is where I want to focus. I will push hard there, that's where I want to fight properly,” added the Norwegian ace, who will try to win his 5th Rally GB in career in late October.