Going too hard: Another frustrating rally
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Going too hard: Another frustrating rally

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, Petter Solberg

Petter Solberg is convinced his Ford Fiesta has the pace to win this season, but things just keep going wrong. This time it was all about tyres, as he tells us in his regular AUTOSPORT column

I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't believe it. Our hopes of fighting to win in New Zealand were pretty much over as soon as they had begun. It felt terrible. So bad.

We took a hard tyre on Friday morning, knowing it would be a gamble. And the gamble didn't work. I saw that from the first split time that came into our Ford Fiesta RS WRC. From then on, I knew I was in for a very long morning. We got to the end of the stage and I'd seen the time slipping away.

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