From Adrian Kirk-Burnnand [ 24/09/2002 ].
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Petter Solberg was a man in the right frame of mind in San Remo on the weekend. With a good performing car he was able to secure a third place on a tarmac event after a very exciting battle to come up the order. Following his fantastic third place finish in Sanremo, marking his first asphalt podium, he made the following comments on his website. We look forward to more such results from the Norweigen and a win soon!
"Hello rally fans! This has been an incredible weekend for Phil and myself. I'm very pleased with the results, and I think it was great to split the Peugeot-trio. It was fantastic to win three stages, and of course it felt great to beat Richard I can tell you.
This has been a rally without any major technical problems for us. On Friday I was not satisfied with the set up of the car, and we change it in every service. But from the middle of Saturday, the car was perfect. I also lost too much time on the jump-start and a spin on Friday. I have never jumped the start before, so that was a big surprise for me. The 10-second penalty could have cost a lot in the battle between Richard and me.
On the last stages on Saturday the car was fantastic, and we make some very good tyres choices. On the last two stages on Saturday I used soft tyres, and that paid off. To beat Gilles Panizzi with more than half a minute on one single stage was not that bad.
I hoped for more cold weather and rain on today's stages. It started pretty good on the first one. There it was cold, but after that the weather was warming up and the grip of the Peugeots are incredible. Then I knew there would be a critical battle between Richard and me. He said he was not going to push hard, but I didn’t believe him. It was a hard fight to the finish line, and I’m so satisfied and pleased with the result here in Italy. This is the first time I’m on the podium on a tarmac rally, but I promise you it will not be the last.
Tomorrow it’s Oliver’s birthday. Then it’s one year since he was born during the Rally of New Zealand. I’m very pleased that he and Pernilla are here with me. We will have a little celebration here in Sanremo tomorrow. I will go directly from here to New Zealand tomorrow night.
I already looking forward to the last three gravel rallies in New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain. We have done some very big steps forward with the gravel set up of the car. I won’t say more, but I tell you, those three rallies will be very exciting, and I’m sure both Tommi and I will give the Peugeot-drivers strong competition on those three events."