Though he misplaced his common co-driver as a result of an incorrect COVID-19 take a look at end result and needed to draft in Sebastian Marshall at brief discover, Solberg went on to finish the winter occasion in seventh place on his class debut with Hyundai.
That led to Hyundai Motorsport group principal Andrea Adamo having to area repeated questions on when the 19-year-old would possibly return to the sequence’ high flight on the wheel of an i20 Coupe WRC.
The promotion to the self-discipline’s high desk got here lower than two months after Solberg put pen to paper on a two-year contract that can preserve him as a part of the Hyundai secure till the tip of subsequent season.
Talking to Motorsport.com, Solberg made it clear that he desires to stay to the plan he has formulated with the assistance of his 2003 WRC title-winning father Petter and group boss Adamo.
“This 12 months we’re specializing in WRC2 and attempting to be world champion there and that’s the fundamental objective,” defined Solberg, who’s a part of Hyundai’s Buyer Racing Junior Driver programme.
“Then we’ll see sooner or later how every little thing seems however, as I’ve stated, discussions are deliberate for the long run.
“As , I’ve a two-year contract with Hyundai so we’ll see what occurs for subsequent 12 months.
“Hopefully I get a full season drive [in a WRC car] however you by no means know. It’s below dialogue.
“There’s nonetheless a really lengthy method to go and other people will at all times say issues and have expectations however I’ve to comply with my plan – and my dream – and see the way it goes however for positive I need to be a world champion.”
Throughout the post-Arctic Rally Finland press convention, Adamo hinted that Solberg could be again out in a World Rally Automotive once more sooner or later throughout 2021, though he refused to be drawn on which rounds.
Potential contenders embrace Estonia and Sardinia – occasions the younger Swede has tackled beforehand in a Rally2 automobile.
“Arctic was a giant weekend – an thrilling weekend, particularly now that I’ve come again house and settled down and managed to suppose every little thing by means of,” stated Solberg.
“It was all above my expectations – it was wonderful – so for positive it was all constructive.
“He [Andrea] was very, very blissful. Additionally, the Koreans have been very blissful. We have been chatting after the race – they have been very blissful and proud to have me on board.
“It was an awesome alternative for me to indicate myself within the WRC automobile and I’m very grateful for what they did, so for positive it was an awesome weekend.
“It will be good to be again this 12 months [in a WRC car] however we should see [when]. It’s below dialogue what we do however, after all, I don’t need to rush something.
“I’m nonetheless very younger, so I need to analyse this race correctly and get a correct view as a result of, for positive, there’s a lot to enhance and so much to attempt to construct on for the subsequent time once we are out.
“We should wait and see when that shall be however hopefully will probably be this 12 months.
“We’re discussing nonetheless and are totally different potentialities however, as I stated, I don’t need to rush it.”