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Petter Solberg

Petter Solberg

Petter Solberg is a former professional rally driver from Norway. He became the first Norwegian rally driver to have ever win the World Rally Championships in 2003.

Petter Solberg is one of the greatest rallycross racers from Norway. Throughout his career, he has been part of numerous teams including Ford Factory, Subaru, Petter Solberg World Rally Team, Volkswagen.

WRC career

Petter made his professional debut as a rallycross driver in 1998 with the World Rally Championship. Following the next year in 1999, he joined the Ford factory team. He then joined the Subaru World Rally Team.

Petter Solberg at the World Rally Championship with his team Sabaru
Caption: Petter Solberg at the World Rally Championship with his team Sabaru (Photo: flickr )

In the year 2000, Petter left Ford and went on to join the Subaru World Rally Team (SWRT). Later in 2002, Petter won his first-ever WRC in Wales (Wales Rally GB). Followed by winning another race at the Wales Rally GB in 2003. It was his second in Wales at the World Rally Championship. He is the first Norwegian rally driver to have ever won this title.

From 2005 – 2010

In the season 2005, Petter led his team winning two events out of the first three events held in Sweden and Mexico. Next year, he continued with his previous team Subaru team with a new version of the Impreza WRC. He was sponsored by 24SevenOffice.

Later in the 2007 season, Petter started the season finishing sixth place on the Rally Monte Carlo. During that time, he went on to participated in the 2007 Race of Champions representing his national team Norwegian alongside his brother, Henning. Solberg. In the next season, Solberg finished in the fifth position in Monte Carlo and later achieved fourth in Sweden. Overall he finished the season with 4th position in two events and later finished 5th in the 2009 Drivers’ Championship.

On 12 January 2010, he competed in the 2010 World Rally Championship and bought two Citroën C4 WRC (2009-spec) cars from Citroen. He also participated in the Swedish Rally Solberg where he completed the race in 9th place with 2 points. At the Corona Mexico Rally, he finished the second round of the season in the third position next to Loeb.

2011 -2012

In the year 2011, Petter competed in the World Rally Championship with his car Citroen DS3 WRC. In the month of February that year, his driving license was suspended in Sweden. Because the police found him driving above the speed level on his way to the fifth stage of the country’s WRC round. He was driving at the speed level of 32 km/h and the police forced his co-driver, Chris Patterson, to take up the wheel of the car.

The same year in December, Ford made an announcement that Solberg he will be returning to the factory team of Ford in 2012. He secured the third position in the Monte-Carlo competition. He then completed the next round in 4th place next to Mikko Hirvonen which was held in  Portugal.

Later he was given the third place where he scored 4 points. And on December 4, 2012, Solberg announced that he will not be competing in the WRC 2013 season.

ERX and WRX Career

In the year 2013, Petter participated in the FIA European Rallycross Championship (ERX) in Torsby. He finished the season 8th overall in the Supercars category. In the next year, he went on to participate in the FIA World Rallycross Champion (WRX) driving his PSRX Citroen DS3 Supercar. Later in 2015, he along with Liam Doran went on to compete for the Solberg Doran Rallycross team. And he won his WRX championship title at the Rosario in Argentina.

Petter Solberg with SDRX Citroen DS3 RX at the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Argentina
Caption: Petter Solberg with SDRX Citroen DS3 RX at the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Argentina (Photo: motorsports )

In 2016, Petter went for the FIA World Rallycross Championship with his Supercars class Citroen DS3 which was held in Portugal. He won the first round and getting three further podiums with a total of eight top 5 finishes, and completing the race in the 4th place. Recently, in December 2018, Petter with a VW Polo R participated in the AWD class at the GRiD 2018 gymkhana rallycross in Johannesburg where he finished the race in second place.

Is Petter Solberg Married? Who is His Wife?

Petter Solberg married his girlfriend Pernilla Walfridsson who is also a rallycross driver. The couple tied the wedding knot in the year 2003. From their relationship, they have a son named Oliver Solberg born on 23rd September 2001. Their son is also a professional rally driver.

Petter Solberg with his wife and son
Caption: Petter Solberg with his wife and son (Photo: Instagram )

Currently, Petter is residing in Mitandersfors, Sweden with his wife and son.

His Wife’s Career

Petter Solberg’s wife Pernilla Walfridsson is one of the well known female rallycross drivers. Her father is a former Volvo factory driver Per-Inge Walfridsson. She began her career by competing in the Volvo Original Cup with her car Volvo 240. She also competed in national championships as well.

 Walfridsson Solberg
Caption: Walfridsson Solberg (Photo: WRC-results )

In the year 1996, she was inducted as the starter with her car Volvo 242 at the Berslgsrallyt in a club event. Followed by participated in bigger rallies, using a Mitsubishi Lancer in the next year.  She achieved the twelfth place in the Rally Finnskog Norway and it was her first big achievement in her career. She then got 21st and 50th in the South Swedish Rally and the Ypres-Westhoek rally respectively which took place in Belgium.

Throughout her career, Pernilla has participated in numerous world championship like South Swedish Rally, Rally Finnskog Norway and Manx Trophy Rally.

What Is The Net Worth Of Petter Solberg?

The Norwegian professional rally driver has net worth is around $55 million as of 2019 which he generated through his successful career.

Petter Solberg with his car
Caption: Petter Solberg with his car (Photo: Instagram)

Petter Solberg was born on 18th November 1974 in Askim, Norway. He was born to parents Terje Solberg and Tove Selberg. He has a younger named Henning Solberg who is also a rallycross driver by profession.

Petter holds Norwegian nationality and belongs to the ethnicity of white. As of 2019, he is 45 years old and his star sign is Scorpio. The former Norwegian rally driver, Petter Solberg stands at the height of 5 feet and 9 inches tall and his body weighs around 72 kg.

Facts of Petter Solberg

Full NamePetter Solberg
Net Worth$55 Million
Date Of Birth18th November 1974
Age45 years 4 months
Place Of BirthAskim, Norway
Height5 feet 9 inches
Weight72 kg
ProfessionFormer Rally Driver
NationalityNorwegian
SpousePernilla Walfridsson
ChildrenOliver Solberg
ParentsTerje Solberg, Tove Selberg
SiblingsHenning Solberg
TwitterPetter Solberg Twitter
Star SignScorpio

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