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Solberg to do Monte

Petter Solberg: I was very surprised when Peugeot contacted me and asked if I would be a guest-driver for the 2011 IRC Rallye Monte-Carlo in January. And of course I had to accept! [But] this is a one–time arrangement, and I have no plans for a future in the IRC. My plan is still to be in the WRC, and fight for the championship in 2011.

Petter Solberg will take in the Rallye Monte Carlo next month, the opening round of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, having secured a 'guest' drive with Peugeot.

Solberg, who has competed in the World Rally Championship for the last two years with his own team, finishing a fantastic third in the standings this season - and taking top spot in Crash.net's 2010 top ten World Rally drivers' [see separate story - click here], will use a factory-run Peugeot 207 Super 2000 car for the classic, which runs from January 19-22.

The Norwegian, who already has a close relationship with the PSA Citroen Peugeot group, having used a Citroen C4 WRC and a Citroen Xsara WRC in 2010 and 2009 respectively, said he was delighted to get the call-up.

He also added though, that he remains 100 per cent focussed on trying to compete in the World Rally Championship again in 2011 and is not considering a move to the IRC.

“I was very surprised when Olivier [Quesnel, director of Citroen Racing and Peugeot Sport], contacted me and asked if I would be a guest-driver for the 2011 IRC Rallye Monte-Carlo in January,” Solberg admitted.

“And of course I had to accept! The manufacturer team will run the car, and they wanted to hire me for this event to secure a good result for the team. For me, this means more competitive kilometres in a rally car and a new experience, as I have not entered an IRC event before.

“There is also live coverage of some of the stages, which will be exciting. This is a one–time arrangement, and I have no plans for a future in the IRC. My plan is still to be in the WRC, and fight for the championship in 2011.”

Solberg will be one of a number of drivers taking in the Monte for Peugeot, with Bryan Bouffier, who recently secured the French title in a 207 Super 2000 and Stephane Sarrazin, also entered under the Peugeot France banner. Thierry Neuville meanwhile will represent Peugeot Belgium with Bruno Magalhaes in the Peugeot Portugal-backed car and Guy Wilks entered by Peugeot UK. Peugeot Sport will provide 'comprehensive technical support' to all of its drivers to ensure they have an 'equal' chance of winning.



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Podium, Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying

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Jax - Unregistered

December 06, 2010 11:52 AM

Will somebody PLEASE give this man a sponsored drive????????? He's shown what he can do on a limited budget (as in paying out of his own pocket), so it's not like he hasn't proved himself - again.



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