Solberg free to fight in Finland

Ford's young star Petter Solberg will be allowed to go flat-out on next month's Rally Finland

Solberg free to fight in Finland

Team boss Malcolm Wilson has always kept his inexperienced protégé on a tight leash, insisting he drives within his limits in order to finish rallies and gain experience. However, after watching Solberg battle for the lead in New Zealand recently, Wilson believes the 25-year-old Norweigan deserves the chance to really show what he can do on one of the few events he already has experience of.

"He can drive how he wants and if he crashes, then I'm prepared to accept it," said Wilson. "He won't come under any scrutiny in that case."

Solberg's limited programme of rallies is also likely to be extended to include the Cyprus Rally in September.

"I'm desperately keen for Petter to go there," Wilson added. "It would give him a level playing field and could be useful for 2001. However, if he does go, I'll be expecting him to drive for experience."

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