19 Jan 2019
Oliver Solberg, son of 2003 World Rally champion and 2014-15 World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg could make his North American rallying debut in 2019.
The 17-year-old’s name appeared on a recently-released document of reserved numbers for the upcoming American Rally Association season, using the number 295. According to the document, the number was requested on January 12, making it one of the championship’s most recent additions.
Solberg’s ARA entry, nor the number of rounds he is competing in, has been officially confirmed so far. He will likely drive his recently-acquired Volkswagen Polo R5 if he does compete Stateside.
The car was debuted by his father at Rally Spain last year, where he took a class podium. The younger Solberg made his first rally start in the Polo R5 in Rally Aluksne in the Latvian rally championship this weekend, which he won. The event also marked the first time he competed with new co-driver Aaron Johnston.
Oliver Solberg won last year’s RallyX Nordic title at the wheel of his father’s world championship-winning Citroen DS3 supercar, while also honing his stage rallying skills in the junior category of the Latvian Rally Championship in a Peugeot 208 R2. He also competed against his father at Gymkhana Grid in South Africa, driving another one of Solberg Sr’s cars – an upgraded version of his Citroen Xsara WRC car.
Other notable names on the ARA entry list include seven-time US rally champion David Higgins, Americas Rallycross drivers Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson, Travis Pastrana, and Ken Block. New Subaru signing Scott Speed is absent from the list despite expressing an interest in competing in stage rally events this year.
The 2019 ARA national championship season begins on January 25-26 with the Sno* Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan and concludes on October 18-19 with the Lake Superior Performance Rally in Houghton, Michigan.
Sno*Drift Rally – January 25 – 26 – Atlanta, MI
100 Acre Wood Rally – March 15 – 16 – Salem, MO
Olympus Rally – April 27 – 28 – Shelton, WA
Oregon Trail Rally – May 31 – June 2 – Portland, OR
Idaho Rally International – June 22 – 23 – Idaho City, ID
New England Forest Rally – July 19 – 20 – Bethel, ME
Muscatell Ojibwe Forests Rally – August 23 – 24 – Detroit Lakes, MN
Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally – September 13 – 14 – Wellsboro, PA
Lake Superior Performance Rally – October 18 – 19 – Houghton, MI