Henning Solberg

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Henning Solberg
Henning Solberg RNZ08.jpg
Solberg at the Rally of New Zealand 2008
Personal information
Nationality Flag of Norway.svg Norwegian
Born (1973-01-08) 8 January 1973 (age 48)
Askim, Norway
World Rally Championship record
Active years 19982019
Teams Bozian Racing, Ford, OMV Peugeot Norway, Stobart Ford, Munchi's Ford, Adapta Motorsport
Rallies133
Championships 0
Rally wins 0
Podiums6
Stage wins33
Total points288
First rally 1998 Swedish Rally
Last rally 2019 Rally Turkey
FIA ERX Supercar Championship career
Debut season 2011
Current team Eklund Motorsport
Car number73
Former teams LD Motorsports
Ford Team RS Sweden
Henning Solberg Motorsport
Starts12
Wins0
Podiums1
Best finish2nd in 2014
FIA World Rallycross Championship
Years active 20142015
Former teams Olsbergs MSE
CircleX
Monster Energy World RX
Eklund Motorsport
Starts14
Wins0
Podiums0
Best finish10th in 2014

Henning Solberg (born 8 January 1973) is a Norwegian rally and rallycross driver. Together with his female co-driver Ilka Minor, he currently competes in the World Rally Championship (WRC) with cars of M-Sport.

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Solberg is the older brother of the 2003 FIA World Rally Champion Petter Solberg and through his Swedish spouse Maud the stepfather of Swedish rally driver Pontus Tidemand.

Career

Solberg (Group N Ford Escort RS Cosworth) pictured during the 1995 Austrian Rallycross EC round. HenningSolbergRX1995.jpg
Solberg (Group N Ford Escort RS Cosworth) pictured during the 1995 Austrian Rallycross EC round.
Solberg driving a Peugeot 206 WRC at the 2004 Rally Finland. Henning Solberg - 2004 Rally Finland.jpg
Solberg driving a Peugeot 206 WRC at the 2004 Rally Finland.

Henning Solberg was born in Askim, but grew up in Spydeberg. Like his younger brother Petter, Henning started his career as a driver in bilcross (Norwegian low-budget rallycross similar to Swedish folkrace and Finnish jokamiehenluokka) and rallycross events, and switched completely to rallying in the mid-1990s. Between 1999 and 2003, he became the Norwegian Rally Champion for five years in a row.

After several events as a privateer in the WRC, Solberg got a contract with Bozian Racing for the 2004 season. At his first event with the Peugeot 206 WRC, the 2004 Swedish Rally, Solberg took his first WRC points by driving to sixth place. This remained his best result and only points-finish of the season.

For the 2005 season, Solberg was signed by the BP Ford World Rally Team, Ford's factory WRC team. He competed in seven rounds alongside Ford's main drivers Toni Gardemeister and Roman Kresta. His best result came at the Cyprus Rally, where he beat team-mates Gardemeister and Kresta to the fourth place. With nine points, Solberg finished 14th in the drivers' world championship.

OMV Peugeot Norway WRT (2006)

Solberg driving Peugeot 307 WRC at 2006 Cyprus Rally Henning Solberg - 2006 Cyprus Rally.jpg
Solberg driving Peugeot 307 WRC at 2006 Cyprus Rally

In 2006, Solberg partnered Manfred Stohl at the OMV Peugeot Norway W.R.T., and drove the Peugeot 307 WRC in 12 of the 16 WRC rounds plus the non-WRC event Rally Norway. He achieved his first ever podium finish coming in third in the Rally of Turkey. With six other points-scoring positions to his name, he finished eighth in the drivers' standings. Solberg also appeared in an edition of the BBC show Top Gear , where he rallied a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in a downhill snow track in a race against the Norwegian bobsleigh team at Lillehammer. The Lillehammer Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track is 1365 meters long with 16 turns and an 8.5% average grade and Solberg's route was equally challenging. With Top Gear presenter James May as his "co-driver," Solberg made it 1:02:24 in the Evo while the bobsled (with presenter Richard Hammond in it) beat Solberg with a time of 59:68.

Stobart Ford (2007–2011)

Solberg at the 2008 Rallye Deutschland. Henning Solberg - 2008 Rallye Deutschland 2.jpg
Solberg at the 2008 Rallye Deutschland.

For 2007, Solberg was given a full-time drive with the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team. He achieved his second podium finish in the World Rally Championship by driving his Ford Focus RS WRC 06 to third place at his home event, the 2007 Rally Norway, when the rally was part of the WRC calendar for the first time. He later took his career third podium finish at the 2007 Rally Japan, and finished sixth in the drivers' championship, ahead of Subaru's Chris Atkinson and his young team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.

Solberg retained his place at the Stobart team for the 2008 season. In Sweden he was on course for a podium finish before a puncture and a crash on the second day put him out of the points. For México Solberg was nominated to score points for the Munchi's team. He achieved a fifth-place finish despite suffering two punctures. [1] In the series' first-ever Jordan Rally, he recorded his best result of the season by finishing fourth. After five more points-scoring finishes were followed by five rallies with no points, Solberg finished eighth overall in the drivers' standings. At the 2008 Mountain Rally Norway, the first round in the 2008 Norwegian Rally Championship, Henning took first in his class driving a Ford Fiesta ST N3. [2]

Solberg driving a Ford Focus RS WRC 08 at the 2009 Rally GB. H-Solberg-2009-10-24.jpg
Solberg driving a Ford Focus RS WRC 08 at the 2009 Rally GB.

In 2009, Solberg had his career-best start to the season. He drove his Focus RS WRC 08 to fourth place both in the season-opening Rally Ireland and the following Rally Norway. After a road accident ended his chances in Cyprus, he finished fifth in Portugal and took his career fourth podium place in Argentina, behind the Citroën duo Sébastien Loeb and Dani Sordo. He achieved another podium in Poland.

In 2010 Solberg was driving Ford Focus RS WRC 08 at first 6 events but at 2010 Rally Bulgaria he drove a Ford Fiesta S2000. At 2010 Rally Finland, 2010 Rallye Deutschland and 2010 Rally Japan he drove Ford Focus RS WRC 08 again. At last two rallies he drove Ford Fiesta S2000. His co-driver is Ilka Minor, but during her injury was his co-driver Stéphane Prévot. Every time Solberg participated in WRC with a S2000 car he scored points and beat a few WRC drivers.

Henning Solberg at 2010 Rally Bulgaria Henning Solberg in Rally Bulgaria 2010.jpg
Henning Solberg at 2010 Rally Bulgaria

Go Fast Energy World Rally Team (2012)

Henning Solberg competed for the privateer Go Fast Energy World Rally Team along with Matthew Wilson in the first half of the 2012 season. In Monte Carlo, due to various issues, he finished outside the top ten. Henning could retaliate on the next round in Sweden, finishing in 7th place. After that, the whole Go Fast team disappeared as a whole.

2013-present

Solberg made his return to the WRC on the 2013 World Rally Championship's second round, Rally Sweden, after a one-year hiatus. His co-driver was Emil Axelsson, and used M-Sport's Fiesta RS WRC. The car sported a full white design without any sponsors, although they later put up "Can you watch this space?" stickers to cover the space on the sides and the hood. The pairing finished 8th, after a 4m20s time penalty. Solberg stated in a stage-end interview that he's working to find funds for a programme, but nothing is certain yet.

Racing record

Complete WRC results

YearEntrantCar12345678910111213141516WDCPoints
1998 Shell Norge Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 MON SWE
12
KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRE NZL FIN ITA AUS GBR NC0
1999 Henning Solberg Ford Escort WRC MON SWE KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRE NZL FIN CHN ITA AUS GBR
Ret
NC0
2000 Henning Solberg Ford Escort WRC MON SWE
Ret
KEN POR
Ret
ESP ARG GRE NZL NC0
Toyota Corolla WRC FIN
Ret
CYP FRA ITA AUS GBR
14
2001 Henning Solberg Toyota Corolla WRC MON SWE
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP ARG CYP GRE KEN FIN
Ret
NZL ITA FRA AUS NC0
Subaru Impreza WRC GBR
13
2002 Henning Solberg Toyota Corolla WRC MON SWE
13
FRA ESP CYP ARG GRE KEN FIN
Ret
GER ITA NZL AUS GBR NC0
2003 Henning Solberg Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI MON SWE
Ret
TUR NZL ARG GRE CYP GER FIN
Ret
AUS ITA FRA ESP GBR NC0
2004 Bozian Racing Peugeot 206 WRC MON SWE
6
MEX NZL
Ret
CYP
Ret
GRE TUR
Ret
ARG FIN
10
GER JPN GBR
11
ITA
Ret
FRA ESP AUS 19th3
2005 BP Ford Ford Focus RS WRC 04 MON SWE
5
MEX NZL ITA
15
CYP
4
TUR
11
GRE
Ret
ARG FIN
9
GER GBR
10
JPN FRA ESP AUS 14th9
2006 OMV Peugeot Norway Peugeot 307 WRC MON
Ret
SWE
8
MEX
5
ESP FRA ARG
7
ITA
Ret
GRE
5
GER FIN
4
JPN CYP
6
TUR
3
AUS
Ret
NZL
12
GBR
11
8th25
2007 Stobart M-Sport Ford Focus RS WRC 06 MON
14
SWE
4
NOR
3
MEX
9
POR
11
ARG
5
ITA
4
GRE
5
FIN
5
GER
13
NZL
9
ESP
10
FRA
9
JPN
3
IRE
16
GBR
15
6th34
2008 Stobart M-Sport Ford Focus RS WRC 07 MON
9
SWE
13
ARG
Ret
JOR
4
GRE
8
TUR
5
FIN
5
GER
7
FRA
15
GBR
Ret
8th22
Munchi's MEX
5
ITA
7
NZL
9
ESP
11
JPN
Ret
2009 Stobart M-Sport Ford Focus RS WRC 08 IRE
4
NOR
4
CYP
18
POR
5
ARG
3
ITA
8
GRE
14
POL
3
FIN
30
AUS
7
ESP
9
GBR
5
6th33
2010 Stobart M-Sport Ford Focus RS WRC 08 SWE
6
MEX
6
JOR
9
TUR
25
NZL
7
POR
Ret
FIN
Ret
GER
37
JPN
7
GBR
6
8th45
Ford Fiesta S2000 BUL
10
FRA
9
ESP
8
2011 Stobart M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC SWE
Ret
MEX
6
POR
9
JOR
14
ITA
Ret
ARG
DNS
GRE
5
FIN
7
GER
7
AUS
14
FRA
6
ESP
8
GBR
3
9th59
2012 Go Fast Energy Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON
13
SWE
7
MEX
WD
POR
WD
ARG GRE
WD
NZL
WD
FIN
WD
GER GBR FRA ITA ESP 20th6
2013 Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON SWE
8
MEX POR ARG GRE ITA FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR 22nd4
2014 Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON SWE
7
MEX POR
5
ARG POL
9
FIN
9
GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
Ret
11th26
Adapta Motorsport ITA
7
2015 Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON
11
NC0
Adapta Motorsport SWE
12
MEX POR ARG ITA POL FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
2016 Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON SWE
7
MEX ARG
9
POR
27
ITA
7
POL
15
GER CHN
C
FRA ESP GBR
WD
AUS 12th14
M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 FIN
12
2017 Henning Solberg Škoda Fabia R5 MON SWE
31
MEX FRA ARG POR ITA POL FIN GER ESP GBR AUS NC0
2018 Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta WRC MON SWE
19
MEX FRA ARG POR ITA FIN GER 17th8
Škoda Fabia R5 TUR
6
GBR
Toksport World Rally Team ESP
17
AUS
2019 Toksport World Rally Team Škoda Fabia R5 MON SWE
17
MEX FRA ARG CHL POR
11
ITA FIN
15
GER TUR
15
GBR
WD
ESP AUS
C
NC0

WRC-2 results

YearEntrantCar1234567891011121314WDCPoints
2016 M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 MON SWE MEX ARG POR ITA POL FIN
4
GER CHN
C
FRA ESP GBR AUS 28th12
2018 Toksport World Rally Team Škoda Fabia R5 MON SWE MEX FRA ARG POR ITA FIN GER TUR GBR ESP
6
AUS 35th8
2019 Toksport World Rally Team Škoda Fabia R5 MON SWE
7
MEX FRA ARG CHL POR
3
ITA FIN
5
GER TUR
4
GBR
WD
ESP AUS
C
9th43

Complete FIA European Rallycross Championship results

Division 1*

YearEntrantCar123456789101112ERXPoints
1994 Henning Solberg Nissan Sunny GTI-R AUT
POR
FRA
IRE
GBR
SWE
FIN
BEL
NED
NOR
10
GER
28th7
1995 Henning Solberg Ford Escort RS Cosworth AUT
2
POR
NC
FRA
NC
SWE
8
GBR
12
IRE
6
BEL
(NC)
NED
NOR
13
FIN
11
CZE
GER
12th52

*Division 1 was rebranded as Division 2 in 1997.

Division 1

YearEntrantCar12345678910ERXPoints
2009 Ford Team RS Sweden Ford Fiesta GBRPORFRAHUNAUTSWE
4
BELGERPOLCZE
5
15th30
2010 Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta PORFRAGBRHUNSWE
15
FINBELGERPOLCZE36th2

Supercar

YearEntrantCar12345678910ERXPoints
2011 Henning Solberg Motorsport Citroën C4 GBRPORFRANOR
7
SWEBELNEDAUTPOLCZE22nd10
2013 Henning Solberg Motorsport Saab 9-3 GBR
15
PORHUNFINNOR
18
SWE
4
FRA
12
AUTGER15th28
2014 Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3 GBR
5
NOR
4
BEL
7
2nd56
LD Motorsports Citroën DS3 GER
10
ITA
3
2017 Eklund Motorsport Volkswagen Beetle BAR
6
NOR
12
SWE
14
FRA
LAT
14th23

Complete FIA World Rallycross Championship results

Supercar

YearEntrantCar12345678910111213WRXPoints
2014 Eklund Motorsport Saab 9-3 POR
GBR
9
NOR
5
FIN
SWE
13
BEL
15
10th70
Monster Energy World RX Citroën DS3 CAN
11
FRA
24
GER
15
ITA
9
TUR
5
ARG
15
2015 CircleX Ford Focus POR HOC BEL GBR GER SWE
33
CAN
25th12
Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST NOR
13
FRA
Eklund Motorsport Volkswagen Beetle BAR
14
TUR
ITA
15
ARG

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