Sunday, January 25, 2009

Petter Solberg to test Le Mans Series car

While one Le Mans Series Courage-Oreca Team car will be running a new V10 AIM engine during its upcoming test run, a second car appearing on track is sure to attract attention as well since former Subaru World Rally Team driver Petter Solberg will be at the wheel!

The 2003 WRC champion will be switching from the rally car environment to the endurance racing scene during this test at the controls of the Courage-Oreca LC70E. Team principal Hugues de Chaunac offered the opportunity, to which the Norwegian responded very favourably.

"The idea of a test came following a discussion with Petter," explained de Chaunac. "He still had a 2009 rally programme at the time, but Petter revealed that he wished to try out a prototype. We talked about it at length and there was a good feeling from both sides."

"As for what comes next, we will see Petter's and the team's impressions. First comes the test," added the Courage-Oreca Team boss. "We're impatient to have a World Champion in the seat of the LC70E!"

With such power at his disposal, Solberg will surely be impressed when he takes to the track. Two team drivers will be there to assist and guide him, including Nicolas Lapierre and F1 veteran Olivier Panis. The date of the test was not disclosed.
In regards to Petter Solberg's rally programme this year, he indicated that "there are still some issues to sort out regarding which car I will be driving this season, but a decision will be made during next weekend.

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