Chris Patterson will be Petter Solberg's new World Rally Championship co-driver for the remainder of the 2010 season following the sudden retirement of Phil Mills.

The experienced Briton has acted as co-driver to Nasser Al-Attiyah and Kris Meeke since 1998 and is credited as a five-time Middle East and 2006 Production WRC champion.

Taking the place of Mills, who recently called time on his co-driving career to concentrate on other aspects of his life, Patterson is delighted to be joining Solberg in the his privately-run Citroen C4.

"It feels like a big task to be asked to replace a co-driver like Phil Mills, but when the offer came from Petter after the test yesterday, I knew I just had to do it," said Petterson, who will make his debut with the Norwegian on the inaugural Rally Bulgaria.

"I've been a co-driver for 12 years, and hopefully my experience will help me now, as the first rally is coming up in a few days. I so look forward to this job, and is 110% ready for the challenge!"

"I am very happy with Chris as my new co-driver, and I am confident that our partnership will be good in the car," 2003 WRC winner Solberg said. "We did a really tough test yesterday, and Chris delivered perfectly all the time. He has a long experience as a codriver, and that was really important to me.

"I know it will be a challenge in Bulgaria, but we are both more than ready for the rally there and to fight in the lead."

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