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IRC: Basso keen on Proton after test

Giandomenico Basso: I would like to come back to the IRC. That is my focus and that is the championship I enjoy. Nothing has been formally agreed but if Proton propose me something I would think very seriously about accepting it.

Giandomenico Basso has tested for Proton Motorsports and says he would seriously consider driving for the Malaysian team in this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

The 37-year-old drove a Satria Neo Super 2000 on asphalt roads in the Liguria region of Italy last week. Following the run, the four-time IRC event winner said he had enjoyed the experience.

“It was very stable and well balanced,” said Basso. “We planned to use a road that I am familiar with as a benchmark to see how this car compared with other Super 2000 cars I have driven in the past.

“Unfortunately that road was covered in snow so we went to a different road instead. But there was definitely potential with the car and I enjoyed working with the team. They made me feel very welcome, they worked very hard and I was impressed with their approach.

“I would like to come back to the IRC - that is my focus and that is the championship I enjoy. Nothing has been formally agreed but if Proton propose me something I would think very seriously about accepting it.”

Proton Motorsports has confirmed Swede Per-Gunnar Andersson for an expanded programme of IRC events this season but has yet to finalise the identity of its second driver.



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Giandomenico Basso - Punto Abarth   [pic credit: IRC]
Giandomenico Basso. Abarth. Sanremo Rally. Sept 2008. [Pic credit: IRC]
Giandomenico Basso. Abarth. Sanremo Rally. Sept 2008. [Pic credit: IRC]
Giandomenico Basso. Abarth Grande Punto S2000. Principe de Asturias Rally. Sept 2008. [Pic credit: IRC]
Giandomenico Basso [Pic credit: IRC]

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