The Adapta World Rally
Team is set to continue with its plans for the 2009 World Rally
Championship season, despite Subaru's announcement that it is to quit the sport.
It was announced back in September that the team would become Subaru's second manufacturer outfit for 2009, taking part in the ten European events with an option to add Argentina and Australia to its schedule.
Double Norwegian Rally Champion Mads Ostberg
was confirmed as one of the drivers for the team with the second driver still to be finalised.
Subaru's announcement this morning [Tuesday] of its immediate withdrawal from the WRC immediately led to question marks over whether or not the Adapta programme would continue.
However, a spokesman from Prodrive – the team behind the Subaru WRC programme – told Crash.net
that the Adapta entry would still happen in 2009 with the team committed to running in the series.
“Adapta have confirmed to us their commitment to next season with an Impreza WRC2008,” he said.
With Subaru's withdrawal, it remains to be seen whether the entry will now be for just a single car or if the team will push ahead with plans for a second driver.