by Rob WilkinsTO HEAR THE INTERVIEW IN FULL WITH RICHARD TAYLOR: CLICK HERE
Xavier Pons could compete with the Subaru World Rally
Team later on this season, according to managing director Richard Taylor.
Pons was due to do all of the events this year with the Banbury-based outfit, having signed a deal to that affect last summer. However thus far he has not been in action in an Impreza WRC car since the Wales Rally GB back in December.
Taylor told Crash.net Radio
recently though, in the countdown to the inaugural Jordan Rally, which starts on Friday, that the team and the Spaniard are still in contact and that he could yet rejoin the line-up and compete alongside Petter Solberg
and Chris Atkinson.
"We would very much like to see Xavier in a car with us again and he is interested in the possibility," Taylor explained. "I think realistically if it happens it will be for the second half of the season or sometime in the second half of the season.
"But we are still in touch with him and both of us are trying to find a good way forward together."
Asked what has prevented Xevi from competing as planned, Taylor said there were a 'number of issues for both sides'.
"We just decided not to carry on with the original plan," he added, "but we still maintain a very, very good relationship.
"We are hopeful that we will be able to get together again before the end of the season."
As for rumours that SWRT test driver Markko Martin might be offered a chance to compete in an Impreza WRC, once the new car is launched, Taylor noted that there are no plans for that to happen at the moment.
"His interest and ours is purely in testing. He is not particularly looking to do rallies. So, at the moment, no - it will be Petter and Chris as normal," Taylor continued.
"Markko has done though, what we feel is a very, very good job for us and he has been able to bring his experience of a number of world rally cars to us."TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW IN FULL WITH RICHARD TAYLOR: CLICK HERE