Petter Solberg is keen to win the Japanese Rally for home team Subaru, but following his big crash in Germany, the Norwegian will adopt a more cautious approach at this weekend’s event.

Petter Solberg is keen to win the Japanese Rally for home team Subaru, but following his big crash in Germany, the Norwegian will adopt a more cautious approach at this weekend’s event.


“Even a week after the accident in Germany it still feels incredible to have come through without a scratch,” said Solberg, who rolled his Impreza on the second day of the rally. “I know why the accident happened, and this is a different event, but my feeling ahead of this rally is that I'm not going to be pushing like crazy straight away.


“It's a new event, and I think it will suit the car and my driving style, but to begin with I'll be focusing on building the speed smoothly and building up my confidence too. To be representing Subaru in Japan makes it an especially important rally for our team, and Phil and I are going to be doing everything we can to get the best result in front of the home fans.”


But Subaru team principal David Lapworth isn’t in the mood to give his driver an easy weekend after his Deutschland fright… Solberg has a 32-point defecit to make up to title leader Loeb over the remaining six rounds if his is to retain his crown.


“In the drivers' championship, Petter's strategy is now simple – to go out and win as many events as possible,” said Lapworth. “The nature of the Japanese stages should suit him and judging by his recent gravel performance, we have every reason to expect him to be fighting for a win.”


Mills, who spent a night in hospital following the crash, is raring to get back into action. “I can honestly say I'm looking forward to it," he said. "I had a couple of rest days after the crash, but then I was back training with a physiotherapist and, apart from a bit of stiffness in my joints, I feel fine. We've had a few bumps in our time, but we're okay, we're professionals and it's going to be business as usual on Friday.”