PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Team
Petter Solberg is not a man to sit when he can stand. Or sleep when he can work. The triple FIA World Champion is a livewire living for the sport he loves. And that’s why he decided to form Petter Solberg Rallycross – PSRX.
The Norwegian star had already demonstrated his ability to drive and manage a team with his successful Petter Solberg World Rally Team, a squad which ran three WRC seasons with private cars. The highlight of that period was third place in the 2010 championship, when he was up against the might of factory teams from Citroen and Ford.
In 2012 Solberg decided to make the full-time switch from rallying back to rallycross, the sport where he cut his teeth at the top of his career. And he decided to do it with his own outfit.
Petter’s hand-picked team came from across Europe, following him in a common goal and a shared aim: to win. The 2013 season – running under the name PS 110%, a reflection of the effort committed by everybody involved – was a development year in the FIA European Rallycross Championship.
The inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship, which followed in 2014, was where PSRX set its sights. And it delivered. And delivered in emphatic fashion.
After much midnight oil being burned through the winter, the PSRX Supercar was wheeled out and the best of the rest simply couldn’t keep up with what had been created in Torsby.
Solberg qualified for every final – the only driver to manage that – won five from 12 finals and was on the podium for three-quarters of them.
Having demonstrated the ultimate pace, PSRX worked in even more consistency, durability and reliability for 2015, where nine podiums and three wins secured back-to-back FIA World RX titles.
Petter and his team principal wife Pernilla had done all they could as privateers, which is why the agreement to join forces with Volkswagen Motorsport at the end of 2016 couldn’t have been more timely. And few could have anticipated the level of success the new alliance would enjoy in its debut season.
The newly formed PSRX Volkswagen World RX Team Sweden signaled its arrival as a World RX force with eight wins from 12 races. And, of course, two titles.