Solberg upbeat despite crash

Petter Solberg has been buoyed by his competitive performance in the Rally Finland, despite crashing out of the event in SS11

Solberg upbeat despite crash

Petter crashed approximately 700 metres after the start of SS11 when the rear of his Subaru Impreza WRC drifted wide over a crest and touched a bank, launching the vehicle into a series of rolls.

Solberg and co-driver Phil Mills were uninjured in the crash, but their car was too badly damaged to continue.

However Solberg had been setting competitive stage times throughout the first leg, and was running in fourth when the accident happened.

 "We were coming into a long left-hand corner, went over a crest with a little under-steer and then hit a rock face on the right-hand side," Solberg said.

"I thought it would be alright, but the car spun around and we ended up rolling. Phil [Mills] and I are both okay, but the car was quite badly damaged.

"Despite this, I'm still feeling positive about everything we have done so far and know we have taken something good from this weekend.

"We have found some improvements and we tried something in the first stage today which was quite positive too, however we still need to work on the consistency.

"We have a test coming up for Rally Japan now and we have identified some more areas to work on. I've got a good feeling about the rally and I'm definitely not giving up at all."

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