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    Oliver Solberg

    I guess Oliver will be interesting for WRC2 Pro teams (If it continues) in 2020.

    Who will snap him first in your opinion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulland View Post
    I guess Oliver will be interesting for WRC2 Pro teams (If it continues) in 2020.

    Who will snap him first in your opinion?
    Probably Papa Petter pays a princely pile of Pounds which will prompt a "upp-snapping"
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    He doesn´t go same place where Kalle goes ...
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    well, there isnt room for everybody in Toyota.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EstWRC View Post
    well, there isnt room for everybody in Toyota.
    What teams? How many are there? (I mean factory ones). M-Sport are money making. Citroen doesn't want any extra costs just free marketing. Hyundai lost interest doing it. Toyota can't have it since they have not made a car yet. Only Skoda remains and also they are not sure if they will stay in WRC2 Pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deephouse View Post
    What teams? How many are there? (I mean factory ones). M-Sport are money making. Citroen doesn't want any extra costs just free marketing. Hyundai lost interest doing it. Toyota can't have it since they have not made a car yet. Only Skoda remains and also they are not sure if they will stay in WRC2 Pro.
    M-Sport also make money investing in drivers and then taking a portion of their income for many years afterwards (Neuville, Tanak....).

    Oliver would be a good target for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janvanvurpa View Post
    Probably Papa Petter pays a princely pile of Pounds which will prompt a "upp-snapping"
    Don't think Solbergs has tons of cash to send in, but Oliver's talent alone should be more than enough to put him in Skoda WRC2 Pro for a season, like Tidemand/Rovanperä. But ok, if Petter decides to call it a day on motorsports alltogether..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulland View Post
    I guess Oliver will be interesting for WRC2 Pro teams (If it continues) in 2020.

    Who will snap him first in your opinion?
    Most likely there will be no more wrc pro farce next year, so it's no issue which car he will ride. The only issue is who will pay for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denkimi View Post
    Most likely there will be no more wrc pro farce next year, so it's no issue which car he will ride. The only issue is who will pay for it.
    Hopefully no more Pro series.

    Solberg Clan is currently mostly using VAG products. Subaru as they use in the US, have no model apart from BRZ (GT86) that can be used for Rally, even that one has some limitations.

    If VAG has plans for Rally, once it turns Hybrid/Electric, they should sign Oliver now.
    If not, I would say that Ford should sign him, thinking future WRC drive.

    The Hyundai R5 also need to be evolved to be a winner, they could also be in the market for a two step program for Oliver.

    My bet as of today would be VAG as number 1, and Ford as number 2 in low odds!

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    I can totally see him doing 5-8 WRC rounds in Polo paid mostly with sponsor+own money. Too early for anyone to sign him imo, at least before Wales.

    In terms of "factory" WRC2/R5 drives the only one that makes sense is Skoda. C3 is still a bit of a mess, Fiesta unproven and seemingly lacking and I20 outpaced+fragile. Or said in other words, anything but a Fabia Evo is a clear downgrade from his private Polo
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