Henning Solberg is the latest name to be confirmed as entering the All-Star ‘Magic Weekend’ at Höljes on 2-5 July in the Legends class, joining together with his step-son Pontus Tidemand at the Hedströms Motorsport driving in one of the Volkswagen Polo Supercars.
Henning, who is the brother to the 2003 FIA World Rally Championship, 2014 and 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship champion Petter Solberg, is also a veteran driver in the WRC with 133 starts, six podiums, and 33 stage wins in his portfolio.
Beside rallying, Henning is also a well-known name in rallycross just like his brother Petter. He claimed the runner-up spot in the 2014 FIA European Rallycross Championship.
He has also participated 14 times in World RX between 2014 and 2015, reaching the final two times at his home track of Hell in Norway and at Istanbul in Turkey. Henning last raced at Höljes back in 2017 and will now once again be there to fight for the Legends glory when he joins together with Marcus Grönholm, Andreas Eriksson, Stig-Olov Walfridson and Per Eklund.
“I’m really excited to go racing again, and where better than at Höljes up against some old mates and rivals from back in the day. The ‘All-Star’ Magic Weekend looks like being a fantastic event and has attracted some great names, which will generate brilliant action for all the fans watching at home via the livestream.” Henning said.
“For me personally, it’ll be so much fun going up against the likes of Marcus, Andreas, ‘Stecka’ and Per. I can’t believe Per is back again at the age of 74 – that is proper ‘Legend’ status! It’ll also be quite an experience to race Marcus wheel-to-wheel after so many years of following each other’s split times on the rally stages. I can’t wait to get to the track!”
29-year-old Tidemand has had similar success like his step-dad Henning in both rallying and rallycross, Tidemand became the 2013 Junior WRC and 2017 WRC2 champion in rallying, also earlier this year he took the WRC2 honours at Rally Mexico before the COVID-19 stopped the rallying season.
Tidemand has also had rallycross experience, driving the EKS team in the 2014 World RX, reaching the finals three times out of seven rounds that he entered.
He was out from rallycross for a while before making a return last year, driving his step-dad former Euro RX Volkswagen Beetle Supercar provided by Per Eklund’s Eklund Motorsport for four rounds, claiming a second place finish at Höljes just shy behind the champion Robin Larsson.
Tidemand will be entering a full-season campaign in the Euro RX this season for Hedströms Motorsport, meanwhile waiting for the season to start, he will be getting the rust shaken off by doing the All-Star ‘Magic Weekend‘.
“It’ll be great to climb back into a rallycross Supercar for the ‘All-Star’ Magic Weekend – it’s been a while, but you never forget the feeling of that raw power and 600bhp sitting underneath you on the start-line,” Tidemand said.
“I’m really pumped to get back on-track again after the season was so abruptly stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, and I’m certainly going to have my work cut out, looking at the Supercar class entry list! Fortunately, I have a great team behind me and the Polo is a proven package, so I know I have the equipment to do the job – and win or lose, it’s going to be a huge amount of fun!”