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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