PG Andersson has completed his first test at the wheel of the Proton Satria Neo S2000 that he will drive on the opening round of the 2011 IRC season in Monte Carlo next month.
Andersson completed two days of running just south of Grenoble and will return to the French Alps early next month for further tests ahead of the classic event.
The initial test saw Andersson complete more than 200km of running in heavy snow in a car running in 2010-spec, with an updated engine due to be used for the January test.
“I knew from a long time ago, from talking to the other drivers, that the Proton chassis was good – and it really is good,” he said. “I'm very pleased with the first test. As the conditions on the test changed a little bit, we made some changes to the chassis and you could feel those changes straight away. It was good to get plenty of running on studded tyres before the Monte.
“By the end of the second day of the test, we did have a clean line coming on the road and we were able to run without the studs, but it would be good to get some time on dry asphalt on the next test. I'm really looking forward to the event now. I feel positive with the car and the team.
“The Monte is going to be a very big event for everybody, there are a lot of very good drivers coming out for the event and the competition will be tough. But I'm very happy with the Proton and where I am for the start of the season.”
Andersson will partner Chris Atkinson in the Proton line-up for the Monte Carlo event.