Subaru’s Petter Solberg reeled in a win at Corsica on Sunday after a crash in last week’s practice almost put him completely out of the race!

Subaru’s Petter Solberg reeled in a win at Corsica on Sunday after a crash in last week’s practice almost put him completely out of the race!

Solberg brought his Subaru Impreza WRC2003 home to win the 12th round of this year's FIA World Rally Championship in Ajaccio. The Norwegian had crashed his car heavily at the pre-rally shakedown on Thursday after his car left the road and hit a telegraph pole, just two kilometres from the start in a seven kilometre test stage.

While both Solberg and his co-driver, Phil Mills, were uninjured, their car was badly damaged. The rally crew worked for 16 hours through the night to repair the car in time for the Friday morning start.

Solberg repaid their efforts in fine style with a 36.6-second victory at the end of the third day of competition in Corsica, Subaru and Pirelli’s first tarmac win in five years.

"This is an amazing result. I can't say enough for the team and everybody who has worked so hard to achieve this. Sitting in my hotel room on Thursday morning, this seemed such a long way away. I didn't really believe that I could actually take part in this rally never mind win it. It's fantastic. Now I am right back in with the championship fight,” said Solberg after the race.

His top technician, John McLean, and crew at Subaru World Rally Team were awarded the Inmarsat Star of the Rally on Sunday by a panel of FIA WRC experts after their Herculean efforts to save the car which proved to be the winner.

Solberg's only threat through the final day had been Ford's Francois Duval. Sunday’s stages proved difficult for the Belgian, who had never driven them before. Eventually Duval was caught and passed by Carlos Sainz (Citroen) whose choice of slick tyre for the final two stages of the day ensure him a lead in the drivers' championship.

But Sainz on top means that Richard Burns, who has been leading since Turkey in March had now dropped to third in the championship after finishing eighth on Sunday.

Solberg’s victory has pushed him to second on the championship table, equal with Burns and just three points behind the leader. The penultimate round of the World Rally Championship starts at Catalunya in Spain on Thursday.

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