Petter Solberg has confirmed to Crash.net
that he would consider a switch to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge next season, but that he is more likely to again be competing with his own team in the WRC.
Solberg, who was left in the lurch back in December after Subaru's sudden decision to withdraw and can its WRC operation, has had a good season to date, despite having to run in a 2006 spec Citroen Xsara WRC.
Indeed he currently lies sixth in the 2009 WRC drivers' championship with 25 points on the board, his best results: two podiums in Cyprus and Sardinia.
Recently he confirmed that he would skip the Rally Australia at the start of September, round ten in the 2009 World Rally Championship, and while there have been reports that he may use a Ford on Rally GB, 'Hollywood' is insistent that nothing has been decided.
"Of course I really, really wanted to compete in Australia. But if I am going to get something different to drive for Spain and Rally GB - or maybe just GB, I have to start to work now," he explained in an exclusive interview with Crash.net Radio
"Okay it says in Autosport
that I am eying a Ford. But everything is just rumours. The only person that knows what I am working on and what I am planning is me. I just have to wait and see."
As for beyond this year, Petter added that while he wouldn't rule out a move to the IRC - providing it met certain conditions - it is more likely he will again run with his own team in the WRC.
"The IRC is a good thing and it is a good championship. The only thing is, if I am going to do the IRC, is that one of the manufacturers' is interested in me doing it, and they also have a good plan for winning the world championship in the future," he added.
"For me I am waiting. But you want a proper commitment from a team that really wants to win and have a good future with you.
"[In terms of the WRC] it looks like there are no manufacturer seats for next year. There is no space at either Ford or Citroen because they have signed their drivers' for two more years.
"I think I will have to do my own thing for one more year then and hopefully I can get into a factory team for 2011."
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