Petter Solberg was born in the Norwegian town of Askim September 18 1974. He grew up at the family farm in Spydeberg, southeast in Norway. Here is a look back at Petter’s life:
Grandfather Bjarne Solberg was basically no fan of motorsports at all, quite the contrary, but he made a turnaround as soon as his grandchildren Petter (left) and Henning gained success behind the wheel. This picture was taken in 1976-1977 home at the farm in Spydeberg, were Bjarne bred horses and pigs for a living.
This is a historic picture in many ways. The Volkswagen crosscar belonging to mother Tove and father Terje was the first real vehicle that Petter (on the front roof) and big brother Henning (behind) was alowed to touch with their tools aged 11-12. Here the family drive in a parade in Askim.
At the age of 13 Petter Solberg became the national champion in RC cars. After several unsuccessful attempts to qualify for the finale in Drammen, gaining just second places, he finally made it in the qualifying round in Fredrikstad. He made it to the Tamia Cup finale together with big brother Henning and 70 other youngsters from around Norway. Even though Petter blew his engine and had to buy a new one for 600 kroner (100 dollars), he still succeeded.
The motorsport career startet with rallycross and silver medals in both rallycross and hill races in 1994. The year after Petter won gold medals in both sports. The plan was to continue with rallycross, but the fairytale turnd to 15 amazing years in rally. The pictures above are from Strängnäs og Arvika 1995. Now Petter is back in rallycross, but the Volvo has been replaced with the best ever SuperCar Citroën DS3.
Just one point seperated Petter Solberg from Sebastien Loeb in the tight race for the World Rally Championships in 2003. Norway had a new sports hero with the nations first ever World Rally Champion. A lot of Norwegians see the 2003 title among the greatest sports achievements in Norway ever. The picture is from the FIA price seremony in Monaco, where Petter joined the party together with amongst others Michael Schumacher.
After a most successful FIA World Rallycross Championship campaign in both 2014 and 2015, Petter became the first ever FIA World RX Champion and the first ever world Champion in two different FIA disciplines. For those achievements, Petter received the prestigious Gregor Grant Award at the AUTOSPORT Awards in 2015.