World Rally Championship stars of the future Kalle Rovanpera and Oliver Solberg will team-up for this week’s Bettega Memorial Rallysprint.
The pair will drive Ford Fiesta RS WRCs at this weekend’s end-of-season spectacular in Bologna. Rovanpera will be looking to go one better than last year, when he finished second to Elfyn Evans on his debut in a World Rally Car.
This time it’s Solberg who will be driving a World Rally Car for the first time as he makes his maiden appearance at the event run in memory of Attilio Bettega, killed on the Tour of Corsica in 1985.
“Actually,” Solberg told Motorsport News, “it’s not my first appearance – I stood on the roof of my dad’s DS 3 WRC when he won in 2011!”
The sons of WRC 2003 world champion Petter Solberg and one-time world rally winner Harri Rovanpera will drive Pirelli-branded 2014 Fiestas this weekend.
“It’s really exciting to be making my debut in the World Rally Car,” said Oliver. “I don’t know too much about what to expect from the event, OK I have watched dad compete here, but it will be different when I’m driving. I’m very grateful for this opportunity to come to Italy and compete.
“Kalle will be a good team-mate I’m sure. We have competed against each other in Latvia and Estonia and I know him quite well, he’s a really good guy and he will be good for some experience as he was competing at this event last season.”
The Bettega Memorial Rallysprtint starts on Friday night and concludes on Sunday afternoon.