Having spent the last few weeks looking at his options, meeting with Team Principals and testing different cars, Petter Solberg has now decided that he will be driving a Citroen C4 WRC at the final two events of the 2009 World Rally Championship.
"I have tested the C4 and I'm
quite certain that this is the best car for me," said the privateer driver. "Citroen gave me a good offer, and I do believe that driving this car gives me a proper chance to fight for the podium."
Following Subaru's sudden pull-out from the sport, the 2003 World Rally Champion opted to found his own operation and enter this season's championship at the controls of an old 2006 Citroen Xsara. Although the car did bring him onto the podium on two occasions, it could not compete for victory against modern machinery.
Therefore, the next Petter Solberg World Rally Team car will be based on 2008 specs. However the Citroen will be fitted with improvements aiming to bring it nearly in line with the 2009 specifications which are presently used by the French manufacturer's official team.
"I got good offers from Citroen and Ford, but after evaluation I decided to go for Citroen and the C4 for the next two events," Solberg said, in reference to the closing rounds of the 2009 season. The Spanish and British events both take place in October.
The Norwegian decided to forego this weekend's Rally Australia in order to concentrate on his car options, the extra free time allowing him to evaluate the offers on the table.
Solberg is also looking forward to a full 2010 campaign, although nothing in that regard has been signed yet.
"This will also give me valuable information regarding my plans for next year," he said.