Though he misplaced his common co-driver attributable to an incorrect COVID-19 take a look at end result and needed to draft in Sebastian Marshall at quick discover, Solberg went on to finish the winter occasion in seventh place on his class debut with Hyundai.
That led to Hyundai Motorsport staff principal Andrea Adamo having to subject repeated questions on when the 19-year-old would possibly return to the collection’ prime flight on the wheel of an i20 Coupe WRC.
The promotion to the self-discipline’s prime desk got here lower than two months after Solberg put pen to paper on a two-year contract that may maintain him as a part of the Hyundai secure till the tip of subsequent season.
Chatting with Autosport, Solberg made it clear that he needs to stay to the plan he has formulated with the assistance of his 2003 WRC title-winning father Petter and staff boss Adamo.
“This yr we’re specializing in WRC2 and attempting to be world champion there and that’s the principal aim,” defined Solberg, who’s a part of Hyundai’s Buyer Racing Junior Driver programme.
“Then we’ll see sooner or later how every thing seems however, as I’ve mentioned, discussions are deliberate for the long run.
“As you understand, I’ve a two-year contract with Hyundai so we’ll see what occurs for subsequent yr.
“Hopefully I get a full season drive [in a WRC car] however you by no means know. It’s below dialogue.
“There’s nonetheless a really lengthy technique to go and other people will all the time say issues and have expectations however I’ve to comply with my plan – and my dream – and see the way it goes however for positive I wish to be a world champion.”
Oliver Solberg, WRC2 Rally Monte Carlo 2021
Picture by: McKlein / Motorsport Images
Through the post-Arctic Rally Finland press convention, Adamo hinted that Solberg can be again out in a World Rally Automotive once more sooner or later throughout 2021, though he refused to be drawn on which rounds.
Doable contenders embody Estonia and Sardinia – occasions the younger Swede has tackled beforehand in a Rally2 automobile.
“Arctic was a giant weekend – an thrilling weekend, particularly now that I’ve come again house and settled down and managed to assume every thing via,” mentioned Solberg.
“It was all above my expectations – it was superb – so for positive it was all optimistic.
“He [Andrea] was very, very comfortable. Additionally, the Koreans have been very comfortable. We have been chatting after the race – they have been very comfortable and proud to have me on board.
“It was an excellent alternative for me to indicate myself within the WRC automobile and I’m very grateful for what they did, so for positive it was an excellent weekend.
“It will be good to be again this yr [in a WRC car] however we must see [when]. It’s below dialogue what we do however, in fact, I don’t wish to rush something.
“I’m nonetheless very younger, so I wish to analyse this race correctly and get a correct view as a result of, for positive, there’s a lot to enhance and rather a lot to try to construct on for the following time after we are out.
“We must wait and see when that shall be however hopefully will probably be this yr.
“We’re discussing nonetheless and are totally different prospects however, as I mentioned, I don’t wish to rush it.”