Solberg Fails to Secure Rally Australia Drive

Petter Solberg today confirmed that he will not compete in Rally Australia this season. As the deadline for signing for the Aussie event expired this week, Solberg revealed he was unable to secure a drive for the inaugural east coast rally.

I've always said that going to Australia depended on how the season went. If I was still fighting for third in the championship then we probably would have gone, but as it is we have been a little bit unlucky recently,” said Solberg in an interview with

The Norwegian driver was on his way to securing a well-deserved podium in Finland – while also pressuring Mikko Hirvonen for 1st place – before his 2-year old Citroen Xsara got into a ditch only meters from the finish line during SS4. He actually admitted that a good result in the Finnish event would have boosted his chances of securing a deal for Australia.

In Finland we decided not to go, but then yesterday it looked like it was back on - somebody wanted me to drive and we put an entry in. I can't say any more about it but unfortunately today the deal didn't happen and we've withdrawn the entry. It’s been back and forth a lot,” added Solberg.

The former WRC champion hasn't won an event in almost 4 years (Rally GB in 2005) and insisted this situation needs to end soon. Although admitting he has done better than expected in 2009 – considering the package he had to work with during his first season as a privateer – he revealed he'll only continue in the WRC if he provided with a competitive car.

If I'm going to do this again on my own I must have a chance to fight for the World Championship. If I can compete in the latest equipment, then yes - I’ll compete - but if I don't get it then I don’t do it,” concluded the 34-year old Norwegian.
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