Henning Solberg

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Henning Solberg
Henning Solberg RNZ08.jpg
Solberg at the Rally of New Zealand 2008
Personal information
Nationality Norway Norwegian
Born (1973-01-08) 8 January 1973 (age 41)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1998–present
Teams Bozian Racing, Ford, OMV Peugeot Norway, Stobart Ford, Munchi's Ford
Rallies 108
Championships 0
Rally wins 0
Podiums 6
Stage wins 31
Total points 230
First rally 1998 Swedish Rally

Henning Solberg (born 8 January 1973) is a Norwegian rally driver. Together with co-driver Ilka Minor, he currently competes in the World Rally Championship (WRC) with Stobart M-Sport Ford. Solberg is the older brother of the 2003 world champion Petter Solberg and stepfather of Swedish rally driver Pontus Tidemand.

Career[edit]

Solberg (Group N Ford Escort RS Cosworth) pictured during the 1995 Austrian Rallycross EC round.
Solberg driving a Peugeot 206 WRC at the 2004 Rally Finland.

Henning Solberg was born in Spydeberg. Like his younger brother Petter, Henning started his career as a driver in bilcross (Norwegian low-budget rallycross similar to Swedish folkrace and Finnish jokamiehenluokka) and rallycross events, and switched completely to rallying in the mid 1990s. Between 1999 and 2003, he became the Norwegian Rally Champion for five years in a row.

After several events as a privateer in the WRC, Solberg got a contract with Bozian Racing for the 2004 season. At his first event with the Peugeot 206 WRC, the 2004 Swedish Rally, Solberg took his first WRC points by driving to sixth place. This remained his best result and only points-finish of the season.

For the 2005 season, Solberg was signed by the BP Ford World Rally Team, Ford's factory WRC team. He competed in seven rounds alongside Ford's main drivers Toni Gardemeister and Roman Kresta. His best result came at the Cyprus Rally, where he beat team-mates Gardemeister and Kresta to the fourth place. With nine points, Solberg finished 14th in the drivers' world championship.

OMV Peugeot Norway WRT (2006)[edit]

Solberg driving Peugeot 307 WRC at 2006 Cyprus Rally

In 2006, Solberg partnered Manfred Stohl at the OMV Peugeot Norway W.R.T., and drove the Peugeot 307 WRC in 12 of the 16 WRC rounds plus the non-WRC event Rally Norway. He achieved his first ever podium finish coming in third in the Rally of Turkey. With six other points-scoring positions to his name, he finished eighth in the drivers' standings. Solberg also appeared in an edition of the BBC show Top Gear, where he rallied a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in a downhill snow track in a race against the Norwegian bobsleigh team at Lillehammer. The Lillehammer Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track is 1365 meters long with 16 turns and an 8.5% average grade and Solberg's route was equally challenging. With Top Gear presenter James May as his "co-driver," Solberg made it 1:02:24 in the Evo while the bobsled (with presenter Richard Hammond in it) beat Solberg with a time of 59:68.

Stobart Ford (2007–2011)[edit]

Solberg at the 2008 Rallye Deutschland.

For 2007, Solberg was given a full-time drive with the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team. He achieved his second podium finish in the World Rally Championship by driving his Ford Focus RS WRC 06 to third place at his home event, the 2007 Rally Norway, when the rally was part of the WRC calendar for the first time. He later took his career third podium finish at the 2007 Rally Japan, and finished sixth in the drivers' championship, ahead of Subaru's Chris Atkinson and his young team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.

Solberg retained his place at the Stobart team for the 2008 season. In Sweden he was on course for a podium finish before a puncture and a crash on the second day put him out of the points. For México Solberg was nominated to score points for the Munchi's team. He achieved a fifth place finish despite suffering two punctures.[1] In the series' first-ever Jordan Rally, he recorded his best result of the season by finishing fourth. After five more points-scoring finishes were followed by five rallies with no points, Solberg finished eighth overall in the drivers' standings. At the 2008 Mountain Rally Norway, the first round in the 2008 Norwegian Rally Championship, Henning took first in his class driving a Ford Fiesta ST N3.[2]

Solberg driving a Ford Focus RS WRC 08 at the 2009 Rally GB.

In 2009, Solberg had his career-best start to the season. He drove his Focus RS WRC 08 to fourth place both in the season-opening Rally Ireland and the following Rally Norway. After a road accident ended his chances in Cyprus, he finished fifth in Portugal and took his career fourth podium place in Argentina, behind the Citroën duo Sébastien Loeb and Dani Sordo. He achieved another podium in Poland.

In 2010 Solberg was driving Ford Focus RS WRC 08 at first 6 events but at 2010 Rally Bulgaria he drove a Ford Fiesta S2000. At 2010 Rally Finland, 2010 Rallye Deutschland and 2010 Rally Japan he drove Ford Focus RS WRC 08 again. At last two rallies he drove Ford Fiesta S2000. His co-driver is Ilka Minor, but during her injury was his co-driver Stéphane Prévot. Every time Solberg participated in WRC with a S2000 car he scored points and beat a few WRC drivers.

Henning Solberg at 2010 Rally Bulgaria

Go Fast Energy World Rally Team (2012)[edit]

Henning Solberg competed for the privateer Go Fast Energy World Rally Team along with Matthew Wilson in the first half of the 2012 season. In Monte Carlo, due to various issues, he finished outside the top ten. Henning could retaliate on the next round in Sweden, finishing in 7th place. After that, the whole Go Fast team disappeared as a whole.

2013-present[edit]

Solberg made his return to the WRC on the 2013 World Rally Championship's second round, Rally Sweden, after a one-year hiatus. His co-driver was Emil Axelsson, and used M-Sport's Fiesta RS WRC. The car sported a full white design without any sponsors, although they later put up "Can you watch this space?" stickers to cover the space on the sides and the hood. The pairing finished 8th, after a 4m20s time penalty. Solberg stated in a stage-end interview that he's working to find funds for a programme, but nothing is certain yet.

WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1998 Shell Norge Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 MON SWE
12
KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRE NZL FIN ITA AUS GBR NC 0
1999 Henning Solberg Ford Escort WRC MON SWE KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRE NZL FIN CHN ITA AUS GBR
Ret
NC 0
2000 Henning Solberg Ford Escort WRC MON SWE
Ret
KEN POR
Ret
ESP ARG GRE NZL NC 0
Toyota Corolla WRC FIN
Ret
CYP FRA ITA AUS GBR
14
2001 Henning Solberg Toyota Corolla WRC MON SWE
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP ARG CYP GRE KEN FIN
Ret
NZL ITA FRA AUS NC 0
Subaru Impreza WRC GBR
13
2002 Henning Solberg Toyota Corolla WRC MON SWE
13
FRA ESP CYP ARG GRE KEN FIN
Ret
GER ITA NZL AUS GBR NC 0
2003 Henning Solberg Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI MON SWE
Ret
TUR NZL ARG GRE CYP GER FIN
Ret
AUS ITA FRA ESP GBR NC 0
2004 Bozian Racing Peugeot 206 WRC MON SWE
6
MEX NZL
Ret
CYP
Ret
GRE TUR
Ret
ARG FIN
10
GER JPN GBR
11
ITA
Ret
FRA ESP AUS 19th 3
2005 BP Ford World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 04 MON SWE
5
MEX NZL ITA
15
CYP
4
TUR
11
GRE
Ret
ARG FIN
9
GER GBR
10
JPN FRA ESP AUS 14th 9
2006 OMV Peugeot Norway Peugeot 307 WRC MON
Ret
SWE
8
MEX
5
ESP FRA ARG
7
ITA
Ret
GRE
5
GER FIN
4
JPN CYP
6
TUR
3
AUS
Ret
NZL
12
GBR
11
8th 25
2007 Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 06 MON
14
SWE
4
NOR
3
MEX
9
POR
11
ARG
5
ITA
4
GRE
5
FIN
5
GER
13
NZL
9
ESP
10
FRA
9
JPN
3
IRE
16
GBR
15
6th 34
2008 Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 07 MON
9
SWE
13
ARG
Ret
JOR
4
GRE
8
TUR
5
FIN
5
GER
7
FRA
15
GBR
Ret
8th 22
Munchi's Ford World Rally Team MEX
5
ITA
7
NZL
9
ESP
11
JPN
Ret
2009 Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 IRE
4
NOR
4
CYP
18
POR
5
ARG
3
ITA
8
GRE
14
POL
3
FIN
30
AUS
7
ESP
9
GBR
5
6th 33
2010 Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 SWE
6
MEX
6
JOR
9
TUR
25
NZL
7
POR
Ret
FIN
Ret
GER
37
JPN
7
GBR
6
8th 45
Ford Fiesta S2000 BUL
10
FRA
9
ESP
8
2011 M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC SWE
Ret
MEX
6
POR
9
JOR
14
ITA
Ret
ARG
DNS
GRE
5
FIN
7
GER
7
AUS
14
FRA
6
ESP
8
GBR
3
9th 59
2012 Go Fast Energy World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON
13
SWE
7
MEX
WD
POR
WD
ARG GRE
WD
NZL
WD
FIN
WD
GER GBR FRA ITA ESP 20th 6
2013 Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON SWE
8
MEX POR ARG GRE ITA FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR 22nd 4
2014 Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON SWE
7
MEX POR
5
ARG ITA
7
POL
9
FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR 10th* 24*

European Rallycross Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ERX Points
2009 Norway Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta GBR POR FRA HUN AUT SWE
4
BEL GER POL CZE
5
15th 30
2010 Norway Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta POR FRA GBR HUN SWE
15
FIN BEL GER POL CZE 36th 2
2011 Norway Henning Solberg Citroën C4 GBR POR FRA NOR
7
SWE BEL NED AUT POL CZE 22nd 10
2013 Norway Henning Solberg Motorsport Saab 93 GBR
15 2 + 3
POR HUN FIN NOR
18
SWE
4 9 + 4 + 3
FRA
12 6 + 1
AUT GER 15th 28

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