Petter Solberg has made a decision & announced today that he is ending his 14 year career at the top level of Rallying, WRC, and is all set to try at a something little different for 2013. The Norwegian had entered the sport in late 90's and was best known for his flambouyant driving style. He has one of the biggest fanbase in this sport & cannot be ruled out as a major crowd drawing force, and he had pretty good in the sport, while serving 4 different teams. He managed 13 rally wins, 15 second places and 24 3rd's, with 456 stage wins and a total of 852 points. It was the WRC Season 2003, that hetook the World Rally Driver Championship crown, though he never had such success later on.
Much elated Petter didn't forget the WRC community to thank, “I am so grateful and happy for what I have experienced during my 15 years in the WRC. For now it’s really quite sad, you know, I would have loved to have driven for a few more years, but I do realise there will not be a WRC program for me next year. I have said I am willing to drive for free, but at this point, I will not pay to drive. This is not to say that you will never again see me in a WRC car, but for now, I think it’s best. I know I am good enough to fight in the top for many years still, but I fully understand the difficult financial situation for the 2013 season for M-Sport, so I wish the team all the best in the future.”
“The sport has given me so much, but I want to give a special thank you to all of my fans that have supported me through thick and thin, and given me such a great feeling about what I do, and for being a large reason of why I do it. I do hope you all understand, and I hope you’ll continue to follow me on to my next venture. I promise to bring you something worthy of this. My team and I are hard at work as you read this, and we can’t wait to let you know what are plans are.”
We wish him the best of luck in his new venture & hope he will return when the sun will return to shine at the fullest!!