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GP Week : Issue 110
adjust. It is all about if you want something you can fix it. Both brothers however need to want equally to adjust to this sort of situation.” How much has the younger brother learned from the elder? Petter: “O f course when I was younger, he was the big brother and you always follow in his footsteps. I was always asking questions, saw what he did and then I always did a little bit more. You try to pick up as much as possible all the time. I haven’t done everything he did – I was trying only to follow the good things he did. “In the early days he did more rallying in Norway than I did. Maybe I wanted to do things a little bit faster ... I am maybe more impatient. I think it is more about my not seeing any limit. I do not think Henning really believed it would be possible to come to the world championship, especially from a small country it is difficult. “ThatwaswhenIsentoutaCVandthe film about myself to people like Fred Gallagher and John Haugland, people who already had connections in the big world. Ididalottotryandgetthechanceto progress. I wanted life at the top a lot” Does Henning have an easier approach to life than Petter? Petter: “So far as I am concerned, I never feel happy enough. Even if I won races in rallycross I was not properly happy inside. I analysed why I wasn’t happy and its because I did some mistakes, even if I won. I’m a little bit too much a perfectionist. I think my new co-driver Chris Patterson would say the same about the pace-notes we make – it’s not easy. I want it right. “Henning however is very easy-going. I’m a little bit jealous of him in that respect! Some things really don’t bother him. There are a lot of things I don’t want to do if there are too many people around. Then I do it when nobody is around, but Henning doesn’t care what he does or where. It is very nice to have a philosophy like he has!” Back to Henning. What are his most impressive memories from rallying? “I have a lot of good memories, a lot of ups and a lot of downs. I crashed and rolled a lot of times and I have some podiums. I remember them all. There were some really scary moments. “I think one of the scariest moments must have been going upside down in the snow on the Swedish. We overturned and rolled at speed into the snow bank. The windscreen then scooped up the snow and filled everything in the car. We were going along the top of the snowbank at 160kph like an upside-down bobsleigh. The inside of car was full of snow. Then we had to drive back to service covered with snow and with no windscreen in place. That was cold. They said it had been minus- 32 degrees! “But there were plenty of good memories, like when I got a fastest time in Portugal on an asphalt stage in a stadium and was leading the rally! I was really, really happy. I liked that. “I did a lot of rallies in Focuses but I never really enjoyed them. It was a strange car to drive. I never liked it properly. You had to have a lot of testing with the car to go fast, especially on tarmac. I have been much happier with Fiestas. The Fiesta is good and I really enjoyed the chance to drive the Super 2000 in 2010.” Frustrations, unfulfilled ambitions? “Maybe in the future I would like to do Dakar. That would be good for the experience, but I have got reasons why I want to stay in the world championship, where I hope I can stay some more years. “My stepson is Pontus Tidemand. He is 20 years old and already this year he has won the second round of the Swedish rally championship in my Fiesta S2000. He’s very good so I think he will be around for the future. I’m pretty sure he is still the only Swedish man of his generation who is really fast. He teaches himself. He can see what I do, what Petter does, so he has had it very easy to learn. “I want to stay in this level maybe five more years because then my son and I can start competing together. That would be a super team!” Henning driving his Celica GT-FOUR Group A during the 1998 Swedish International Rally – pics Martin Holmes Rallying WRC FEATURE >> 41