Solberg: Watch Out for McRae

Former Champion Petter Solberg will be watching out for Colin McRae when the Scot makes his world rally comeback with Skoda in Britain this weekend

The Norwegian, winner in the Welsh forests for the past three years with Subaru, says he is not fooled by the 1995 Champion's assertion that he is merely looking for a good result.

"He says his goal is the top 10. I think that's bullshit," declared Solberg. "He's playing down the expectations. He'll do very well.

"I'm very happy he's back. I am sure he will be absolutely flat out and putting on a really good show on the stages. We hope he stays in."

McRae, also a World Champion with Subaru, will be a big draw for home fans deprived of a top level driver since Englishman Richard Burns, the 2001 Champion, was forced out by illness in 2003.

"I'm not really thinking much about a specific result," said the Scot, who has been out of World Championship rallying for 18 months since losing his drive with Citroen, after a recent test of the Fabia.

"But I'd like to think that, even having been out of the WRC for a while, I can still drive a car quickly enough to get well into the top 10."

McRae, the first British World Champion, has won his home rally three times and will again be partnered by Championship-winning co-driver Nicky Grist.

Skoda have scored just eight points so far this year and are last in the manufacturers' Championship.

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