Rallying favourite Petter Solberg could be poised for a switch to circuit racing for 2011, having revealed he is looking to test for a World Touring Car Championship team in the near future.
Solberg has yet to complete a deal to compete in next year's World Rally Championship, with a change of regulations forcing him to look beyond the Citroen C4 he has privately run in 2010, when he finished third in the final standings. He has been offered a drive by Citroen with its new DS3 WRC, but is struggling to raise the funds required.
Speaking to Autosport, Solberg said: “I know what I can do on the track, and that's why I'm looking at the WTCC. I am very interested in testing some cars to see what they're like. I have tested Formula 1 and Le Mans cars and they went well. At the moment it's tough in the WRC, so I'm exploring other possibilities and the biggest of those is the WTCC.”
Solberg will start next month's Monte Carlo Rally, the opening round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, for Peugeot. Although continuing in that series would be an option for Solberg, he says he would rather switch to the WTCC.
“I'm interested in world championships,” he said. “The IRC is good, but it's not at the highest level. If I can't do the WRC, it's World Touring Cars.”
Solberg's difficulties in getting a drive for Citroen could leave the door open for Kimi Raikkonen to remain with the French team, having previously been set for a switch to Ford in order to remain in the WRC.