Petter Solberg believes that they will be able to 'unlock more of the potential' in the new Subaru Impreza WRC 2007 by the time the WRC resumes in Argentina next month.

Solberg finished the Rally de Portugal in fourth place on Sunday, but later found himself promoted to second, after the Fords were penalised, dropping Marcus Gronholm and Mikko Hirvonen, who had finished second and third, to fourth and fifth.

Reflecting on his own event, the Norwegian was pleased with his pace, especially as he managed to post top five stage times in virtually every single test, including three second best times and four third best times. Although he was slowed somewhat on the final day, when his Impreza dropped to two cylinders, all-in-all, 'Hollywood' was more than happy.

"Overall we can take a lot of positive things from our performance this weekend. On many stages were able to challenge the pace of the leaders, and although we were unable to pressure them on Sunday afternoon - we think because of an electrical problem with the turbo's anti-lag system - we're continuing to improve the performance of this new car," he noted.

"We have a test planned soon, and I'm feeling confident that with some more stage mileage we will unlock more of the potential in time for the next event in Argentina."

Subaru World Rally team managing director, Richard Taylor echoed those thoughts and while Chris Atkinson's retirement on day two was less than ideal, he too reckons that they are on the up. He also added that they have a clear idea now what they need to do to continue to improve the car.

"Over the three days it's been a positive rally for Petter. It was absolutely crucial that Petter came away from Portugal with a decent amount of points, and in that respect we're satisfied with what we achieved.

"There's clearly some more development work needed on the Subaru Impreza WRC2007 before the next rally in Argentina, but what we've learned on the gravel roads in Mexico and Portugal has shown us the aspects of the car we need to concentrate on," he summed-up.



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