Car: Volkswagen Polo R
Date of birth: 18/11/1974
The first person to be crowned an FIA World Champion in two different motorsport disciplines, Petter Solberg followed up his 2003 World Rally Championship success by winning the FIA World Rallycross Championship for two consecutive seasons in 2014 and 2015. Having begun his motorsport career with rallycross outings in his native Norway, Solberg – known as ‘Hollywood’ to his many fans for his crowd-pleasing antics – made his WRC debut in 1998 before a switch to Subaru for 2000 preceded his first win, on the 2002 Rally GB. A year later he’d win again in Wales to wrap up the World Rally Championship title.
During a WRC tenure spanning 14 years, Solberg amassed 13 WRC wins prior to turning his attentions to what has become a hugely successful career in rallycross. Making his Supercar debut in the 2013 European Rallycross Championship, Solberg would go on to make history by winning the inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2014 at the wheel of a Citroen DS3 before successfully defending his Drivers’ title in 2015. Having competed under his own PSRX banner since 2013, Solberg joined forces with Volkswagen Sweden to form the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team in 2017.
Driving the Volkswagen Polo Supercar, Solberg was a dominant winner at the British RX round at Lydden Hill and despite missing out on second overall to Mattias Ekstrom by just three points, he complemented team-mate and 2017 champion Johan Kristoffersson by sealing the Teams’ title for PSRX Volkswagen Sweden. For 2018, Solberg remains with PSRX Volkswagen Sweden driving the new Volkswagen Polo R.