The Red Bull Rally Team has confirmed that it will chase the new FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship this season.
The team will again field a Skoda Fabia for the season ahead – as it did in the Production World Rally Championship in 2009 – with Patrik Sandell at the wheel.
“We're happy to compete for the world championship once again in 2010,” team boss Raimund Baumschlager said. “We'll rely on our proven team, which was beaten below its value last year. We want to learn from our mistakes and prevent them if possible.
“In Patrik Sandell and Emil Axelsson we have a driver pairing which is capable of winning the championship. Moreover, both are excellent team players, a very important factor.
“With the Skoda Fabia S2000 we also have a definite winning car in 2010, there will be an improved version in the summer – which will be called Evo2 then. The championship will become even more interesting with Ford entering, that's for certain!”
Even though the SWRC entry list has not yet been finalised, Sandell is likely to start the season amongst the favourites having taken two PWRC victories last season en-route to fourth in the championship standings.
“I'm very pleased to be able to drive for the BRR team again this year,” the 27-year-old said. “It's a very professional team, and I very much enjoy working with them. I believe they are the best. We will be able to build upon last year's experience and progress accordingly. The target can only be the SWRC title!”