Solberg eyes title lead in Argentina
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Solberg, from Norway, is four points behind title leader Sebastien Loeb having claimed three podiums from four starts in the Ford World Rally Team Fiesta RS WRC he shares with co-driver Chris Patterson.
The gravel contest, based in Villa Carlos Paz near the city of Cordoba, will mark his 180th at world level. With the competitive distance exceeding 500 kilometres, the 2003 title winner is braced for a tough event.
“I enjoy this rally but I think it could be quite different this year,” said the 37-year-old. “It’s 120 kilometres longer than in 2011 and that may alter the way in which some drivers approach it. It’s not a sprint, it’s an endurance rally. There’s no need to get too excited too early and attack from the start, so I can wait a little, judge the pace and push later on when I need to.”
Solberg has scored three podium finishes in Argentina and was in contention for victory on the event last year until a powersteering fault wrecked his hopes at the wheel of a privateer Citroen DS3 WRC.
“It’s a difficult rally,” he continued. “The final day’s stages are at high altitude and conditions can be bad up there. Fog and even ice are not unusual. But I love it, partly because of the atmosphere. The stages are packed with people and even the liaison sections on the public roads have huge crowds. They’re so enthusiastic.”
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