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Solberg launch a Norwegian Dream Team

TORSBY: Young Rallycross sensation Alexander Hvaal has fulfilled his childhood dream. The 21-year-old will become a partner and apprentice under Petter Solberg (39) in the first ever all-Norwegian World Rallycross Team in 2014.

The Norwegian dream duo will join forces to focus on “the double” in the inaugural RX World Championship. The team will be aiming for both the World Champion drivers title and the team title for 2014 . Youngster Hvaal will be the driver of a second car in the Petter Solberg World Rallycross Team.

- After the test Alexander did with my team in mid-October, he was a very clear first choice when we decided to expand to a two-car-team for next year. He really impressed me , says Petter Solberg.

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Promising young hot-shot Hvaal was victorious in last season’s final two rounds of the European Championship and undoubtedly earned his breakthrough at the highest level. With the European Championship evolving and increasing its status in to a World Championship next year, all races will be shown live on TV. Hvaal has certainly chosen a strong path for his career and is set to continue his success.

- If you want to become the best driver, you have to bet big and learn from the best driver there is. I will get my chance now with Petter Solberg. 2014 will be a crucial year for my future career . I am very privileged to have the opportunity to take an important role in the world’s best and most professional rallycross team, says Alexander Hvaal.

Under his wings
It is the first time in Solberg’s long and successful motorsport career that the 2003 World Rally Champion will take a talented driver directly under his wings. Solberg developed his skill to become a top flight rally driver through legends in the name of Colin McRae and Tommi Mäkinen.

- There is undoubtedly a lot of talent in Alexander. In addition , he is a likeable and humble person. If he acquires knowledge along with being given time to develop as a rallycross driver, he will have a very successful future ahead , says Petter Solberg, on his 2014 team mate.

The 21-year-old Hvaal will pilot Solberg’s 2013 RX car on his assault on the upcoming World RX Championship season . The former World Rally Champion will build a new car for himself before the season opener in May.

Improvements
Solberg will develop and make improvements to both Citroen machines through the winter to resolve the engine issue’s that plagued him for much of the previous season.

- A new engine supplier ensures that I feel totally confident that it will be resolved. We will use our time well until the season starts to develop further the world’s best rallycross team. With Alexander Hvaal in our team, an important card came into place towards that goal, says Petter Solberg.

The inaugural World RX Championship season will begin in Portugal 3 May and will come to an end after the twelfth and final round in Argentina, 23 November next year.