8.2.2014 - Kristian Sohlberg broke his car to same rock as Thierry Neuville and retired due broken bottom arm
After six years of pause from WRC, a Flying Finn Kristian Sohlberg, age of 35, returned to the international World Rally arena and experienced deep moments of dissapointment in eight stage as he and co-driver Peter Flythström were forced to retire the event due hard impact to same rock as Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville broke his suspension.
Autotek Ford Fiesta R5 drivers jumpt into a big rock which was directly on a driving line an the impact was so hard that it broke the lower arm and co-drivers front wheel turned aside.
One opening day Sohlberg drove a strong performance and was able to push same times as WRC2 top drivers. After first seven stages Finns were in fifth position and ready to attack for podium.
In second day he continued riskless drive until faith decided otherwise in Lesjöfors stage. Heavy impact caused damage to car steering so that it was game over.
- In opening day we got a good mode on and were able to push top times. Therefore I'm very dissapointed for the retirement because we were having lots of fun before hitting a rock and having a retirement, Sohlberg tells.
- It didn't take long for Autotek team mechanics to fix the car but due 35 minutes of penalty I decided not to continue driving because we didn't have any chances to reach our goal which was WRC2 podium. However I'm very pleased for my speed as it showed that after six years of pause from WRC I still got the talent to drive for top positions, season 2002 production World Rally Championship series silver medalist concludes.
Final results 62th Swedish Rally, Karlstadt, WRC2 Top-3:
1. Karl Kruuda & Martin Järveoja - Ford Fiesta S2000, 3:14:40.2
2. Jari Ketomaa & Kaj Lindström - Ford Fiesta R5 +2.3sek
3. Fredrik Åhlin & Morten Erik Abrahamsen - Ford Fiesta R5, +1:28.1sek
kesk. Kristian Sohlberg & Peter Flythström, Ford Fiesta R5, ss8 broken lower arm
Images from WRC Rally Sweden
22.11.2013 - Kristian Sohlberg makes a return to the WRC
After months of hard work the determination by Kristian, he has found support for selected rounds of the WRC next year.
Kristian will start his programme with Rally Sweden in the very successful Fiesta R5.
"I am more than delighted to get this opportunity. I have worked hard for years and now finally everything came together. I want to thank Ken Rees for this opportunity, and the Autotek team for making this possible. This however could not have been achieved without support from some great sponsors. Its been 6 years since my last rally in the WRC. I heard only positive things about the R5, so I really look forward in getting in the car," said Kristian.
On recent events this car has proved itself to be the future of the WRC with many top ten finishes and very big manufacture interest.
The car will be run and maintained on event by Autotek, the very experienced company who have already had much success with the Fiesta R5 on recent WRC events.
As Kristian finalises his plans for 2014, he looks forward to being back out on the stages and entertaining the fans.
More information will be released closer to the event.
Images from WRC Rally Sweden tests
, Anttila (Sweden)