Arctic Rally competitors will have to set off with survival kits, a pair of snow shovels and, at one point, traverse a deep-frozen swamp, with the average temperature predicted to be between -6c and -14c.
Adamo has kept expectations in check for the young Finn: “We hope to see him at the arrival, the end of the Power Stage, with lots of enjoyment and happiness – that’s the main target,” he said.
Solberg, who will be co-driven by Irishman Aaron Johnston, competed in Rally2 in 2019 and 2020, winning the Rally Liepaja round of the European Rally Championship in both years.
The Swedish-Norwegian is looking in good shape for the second round of the WRC season, having finished third on the Arctic Lapland Rally, which features roads similar to the Arctic Finland Rally.
“The first thing is for me to say a very big thank you to Hyundai Motorsport for giving me this opportunity to gain experience and for putting their trust in me to drive this rally in the i20 Coupe WRC,” he said. “I’m counting down the minutes until I get to sit in this fantastic car for the first time,” Solberg commented.
“This really is a dream to be making my debut in a World Rally car with the reigning manufacturers’ champions. I have driven quite a lot on the snow, and I know this type of condition quite well, but the car is completely new for me.
“Probably one of the bigger challenges I will face is understanding and using all of the aero grip which is coming from the car.
“The only target for me in Lapland is to learn and take the experience. I want to come out of every stage understanding the i20 Coupe WRC more than when I started it.”