Article

Solberg exits WRC

4 December 2012 13:23

The Norwegian has opted against paying to retain his seat in the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team in 2013 and will instead pursue other motorsport opportunities.

"I am so grateful and happy for what I have experienced during my 15 years in the WRC," Solberg said.

"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 programme 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 (to quit)."

Solberg said he feels he can still compete at the highest level of rallying, but understands M-Sport's financial constraints.

"I know I am good enough to fight in the top for many years still," he said

"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."

Solberg won a title with Subaru in 2003, with the last of his 13 race victories coming during the 2005 Rally of Great Britain.

"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," he said.

"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."

Latest news

29 August 2016

 01:36
 01:31
 00:57
 00:45
 00:38
 00:27
 00:14

28 August 2016

 23:57
 23:55
 23:53
 23:05
 22:50
 22:34
 22:26
 22:21
 22:09
 22:04
 22:00
 21:49
 21:44
 21:03
 20:58
 20:46
 20:42
 20:35
 20:06
 19:57
 19:51
 19:46
 18:57
 18:39
 18:32
 18:26
 18:22
 17:39
 17:32
 17:19
 17:15
 17:06
 16:57
 16:42
 16:23
 16:04
 16:03
 15:26
 14:51
 13:54
 13:40
 13:36
 13:31
 13:26
 12:38
 12:26
 11:15
 11:08
 10:45
 10:30
 10:18
 09:40
 08:37
 08:21
 08:07
 07:46
 07:04
 06:30
 06:21
 05:30
 05:13
 05:03
 04:49