Petter Solberg has revealed that he turned down the chance to join the Courage-ORECA sportscar team this season to focus his attention firmly on his privately run World Rally Championship campaign.

While his WRC was still very much in the balance, Solberg joined the French team for a test at the Paul Ricard circuit, where he was joined by World Touring Car Championship title winner Yvan Muller in spending time at the wheel of the team's LMP1 machine.

However, with the birth of the Petter Solberg World Rally Team, Solberg then turned down the chance to take part in further testing before revealing to team boss Hughes de Chaunac that he would have to decline the chance to race the car for the season - although he hasn't yet ruled out possible outings later in the year.

"I had to make a tough decision," he told the official WRC website, "but because I hadn't done so much testing it would have been difficult to do Le Mans. So that was it.

"I liked my time in the ORECA car, I enjoyed it and it gave me a kick, but I also enjoy rallying and I'm not finished here yet. There might be the opportunity to do some other Le Mans Series rounds with the team later in the season, we'll see."


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