Trying out the Grande Punto S2000
Petter Solberg completed a test session behind the wheel of a Grande Punto S2000 this week, "with a view to participating in a few international rallies" indicated an Abarth press release.
The Norwegian was pleased with the car at
the conclusion of his test runs last Wednesday and showed interest in the specifications of the Super 2000 class, in which cars are equipped with normally-aspirated 2000cc engines. Additionnaly, no electronic assistance is linked to the all-wheel transmission.
The World Rally Championship driver created his own team this year, competing aboard a Citroen Xsara.
The WRC will be moving to S2000 specifications next year however, although cars may be fitted with an extra aerodynamics package.
The Intercontinental Rally Challenge fronts S2000 cars; the "international rallies" the Abarth team referred to might therefore indicate a possible participation of Solberg in an IRC event this year, in which the Italian firm is active.