Nairobi, Kenya, January 23, 2020–Oliver Solberg, 18, will pick up where his father Petter Solberg left in 1999 Safari when he competes in 2020 Safari Rally.
Oliver will drive a VW Polo R5 is determined to follow the path of his dad, the 2003 WRC world champion.
He has been rated in a future world champion who has trained his eyes in joining WRC Priority I drivers of works teams in the coming years.
He made his WRC Monte Carlo debut yesterday and before then was introduced the WRC Safari Rally Project CEO Phineas Kimathi there to attend official WRC work by his father.
Oliver, like all top world’s drivers and waving the Kenyan flag, one item in high demand in Monaco, he told Kimathi in an exclusive interview
that he was excited to come to Kenya.
Kimathi is also in Monte Carlo as a member of the FIA World Rally Champion Commission and firm several Safari Rally issues with FIA, WRC Promoter and teams.
His father holds fond memories of Kenya and is looking forward to a new challenge.
The young progeny has been a top-flight driver in the United States Rally Championship and cross country, winning the Nords XC championship in 2018?
In Monte Carlo, he is cautious but determined to throw caution to the wind.
“Working on pace notes wherever we can,” he tweeted.
“Pace notes are always are always vital but here in Monte Carlo they are possibly more important than ever”.
He predicted a tough race. “The rally kicks off tonight with two stages in the dark, a real baptism of fire in Monte Carlo debut,” he said.
Karri Rovanpera is another son of a famous Safari Rally driver Harri Rovanpera who will also compete I’m the Safari.
M Sport Ford WRC team principal Malcolm Wilson leads Ford’s return as defending champions as the late Colin’s McRae won the 2002 Safari in a Ford Focus.
Twice Safari champion Tommi Makinen is spearheading the Toyota Gazoo racing team.