Petter Solberg has reiterated that he remains focused on trying to compete in the World Rally Championship next season and that he is working 'flat-out' to achieve that objective.
Solberg shone this season, and despite being a privateer, mixed it with the big boys, eventually finishing third in the championship and notching up eight podiums, including five runners-up spots.
Despite his success though – we felt he had done enough to take top spot in Crash.net's
2010 top ten World Rally drivers' ranking [see separate story - click here
], he isn't in a position yet to confirm whether or not he will be back in 2011.
“I still don't have anything ready, except for the one rally with the Peugeot [in the IRC]. It is good to have something. But the World Championship is the main thing for me,” he said recently in an exclusive interview with Crash.net Radio
“I am working on it. I hope I can get everything together in the short time we have. I want to sort it as soon as possible.
“But I haven't signed with the sponsors yet and haven't got all the things together. I am though trying everything I can. Don't worry I am flat out.”
Asked if he could take a year out from the WRC, he conceded that might happen and that he could do some circuit racing instead, although he emphasised that is not something he is considering currently.
“If I don't get all the season together, all the planning done and have a chance to fight for the victories, and get the budget, I won't have any choice - that is how it works,” he explained. “It is quite simple if you don't have the package, you do something else where they want you.
“I know for sure in Le Mans they want me. There has been interest from a couple of GT teams. It sounds and looks easier and better. Maybe I will go to America – that's another option. Honestly [though], I try this now [WRC] and then we will see.”
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