Anybody who complains that modern-day motorsport is devoid of personalities has clearly never met Petter Solberg.
During his rallying days, the effervescent Norwegian earned the nickname ‘Hollywood’ for both his spectacular, full-commitment driving style and his exuberant antics out of the car.
Since 2013, Solberg, the 2003 World Rally champion, has plied his trade in rallycross – and he’s a perfect fit for the all-action, made-for-TV discipline.
Driving a Citroën DS3 supercar for his own PSRX team, Solberg claimed back-to-back FIA World Rallycross Championship titles in 2014 and 2015 before losing the crown to Audi A1-driving rival Mattias Ekström last year.
For this season, Solberg has switched to the new PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team. The squad runs a pair of Volkswagen Polo GTI supercars for Solberg and Johan Kristoffersson. After a steady start to the season in the first three events, the team hit its stride at the last round in Belgium, with Kristoffersson leading Solberg home in the final.