IRC: Andersson to make debut in Italy

Ex-Suzuki WRC man P-G Andersson to compete in the IRC in Sardinia, running in a JRM Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.
Former double Junior World Rally champion P-G Andersson will make his Intercontinental Rally Challenge debut on Rally d'Italia-Sardegna next month.

The Swede will drive a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X for the British JRM operation. It is the same car Gwyndaf Evans used to win the British championship-counting Pirelli Rally in April.

"It will be the first time I've driven the Evo X in competition although I will get a short test in Sweden tomorrow [Friday]," said Andersson. "I own an Evo IX, which I've driven on a few events at home, so it will be interesting to see the differences between the two cars."

Highly-rated, Andersson was a factory Suzuki driver in the World Rally Championship until the Japanese make quit the sport at the end of 2008.

More recently, Andersson has driven a Skoda Fabia S2000 in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship as well as testing a Ford Focus WRC for the factory-blessed M-Sport team.

Andersson is no stranger to Sardinia's demanding gravel roads, having tackled the Olbia-based rally five times in the past when it counted as a round of the WRC. His best result is ninth overall, which he achieved in a Suzuki Ignis Super 1600 car in 2004 and in a Suzuki SX4 WRC in 2008.

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Per-Gunnar Andersson (SUE), Skoda Fabia S2000
Per-Gunnar Andersson (SUE), Skoda Fabia S2000
Per-Gunnar Andersson (SUE), Skoda Fabia S2000

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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

May 14, 2010 10:39 AM

I would like to see this Guy in a Stobart Focus or even a Fiesta S2000. With Guys like Jannne Touhino and Xevi Pons being able to attract the funding to drive one I just dont understand why this guy doesnt have a programme. I think he would be a good equal to Juho Hanninen in the Fabia, winning most of the Gravel rounds for sure. It would be nice for Sweeden to have a Rallying Hero again, he even looks like a young Bjorn Waldergard (from wehn Bjorn used to drive the Rothmans Escorts) Of course im only going from the pictures and videos as Im not quite old enough to Really remember. Im sure he will do well in anything he drives though. Someone give this guy a drive !!!

gareth james

May 16, 2010 4:22 PM

I agree, he got some solid results in the snail of a WRC Suzuki. Skoda s2000 suits his style after pedalling S1600 for several seasons previously. Blew everybody away on his home event with virtually no testing.had the beating of everybody in his class on the Pirelli Rally in the Fiesta R2 including Mr Nicara that Gronholm rates. If he has reliability in S2000 Cup he will blow spoilt rich boy Pons away. Will be very interesting to see how in goes in Sardinia with JRM. He will know most of the stages well & if he is running about 6th on road could be a Gp N on podium in IRC for first time?

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