As team get busy with test progamme
Reports from Autosport claim that Petter Solberg has agreed terms to a new three-year deal with Subaru World Rally Team that will see him remain with the squad until the end of the 2009 season.
Subaru have had a tough start to the
2006 campaign and currently run third in the Manufacturers standings with 63 points. Solberg himself is fifth in the drivers' standings with 20 points with two second place finishes to his credit.
Solberg has won 13 events and took the championship in 2003. A deal is said to have been struck at the Acropolis Rally a week ago and a formal announcement is imminent.
Meanwhile, with a large gap in the current calendar, the Subaru squad are set to take part in three big tests with the focus being on the development of a new transmission and front and rear differentials. 7
“There's a development test in the first week of July and then pre-event tests for Germany and Finland in July and August respectively,” Chief Engineer Pierre Genon told the official Subaru WRC site. “It's time to think about specifications for these two rallies and later in the year, plus make decisions about new developments for next season. The break in the calendar gives us an opportunity to cover enough mileage to test new parts and sign them off in time for the second half of the year and the next evolution of the Impreza.”