''Never an easy rally''
The Subaru World Rally Team have entered two Impreza WRC2007s for Rally Sardinia. Petter Solberg/Phil Mills will drive car number five and Chris Atkinson/Stéphane Prévot will be in car number six.
Solberg and Mills won the event in 2004 and
finished fifth last year. Atkinson has only competed in Sardinia three times before, and 2008 will be his second attempt alongside Prévot. The duo's highest finish on the island is tenth.
After Jordan, the crews had their first familiarisation run aboard the all-new Impreza WRC2008 as part of the team's testing strategy, which is progressing well. Further information will follow in the coming weeks.
After their familiarisation days, the drivers and co-drivers spent time at home, relaxing after the punishing heat of the desert and continuing their training and preparation as the WRC enters the busiest part of the season.
"Sardinia is very tough as the surface is very soft and there are lots of ruts on the second passes.
We've won there before, and I will go there pushing hard, but it is never an easy rally so we will just see. The team has been working hard since Jordan so I hope we will be able to go well there."
"It's important to drive smoothly and without mistakes in Sardinia as the roads are very technical and narrow but it's a rally I enjoy. It's my fourth year here, and my second with Stéphane, so I hope we can have a good event and run competitively. I'm not thinking about another podium finish, but just concentrating on our pace and fighting as high up as we can."