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 lif. Grandfather Bjarne Solberg was no fan of motorsports at all, quite the contrary, but he made a turnaround as soon as his grandchildren Petter and Henning gained success behind the wheel. The Volkswagen cross-car belonging to mother Tove and father Terje was the first real vehicle that Petter was allowed to touch with their tools aged 11-12.
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 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 started 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 turned to 15 amazing years in the rally.
Back to Rallycross
Petter is back in rallycross, but the Volvo has been replaced with the best SuperCar Citroën DS. Just one point separated 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.
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.