Pedersoli is competing on Rally Italia Sardegna having previously been linked to an expanded programme of world championship events in a privateer Citroen this season.
“It’s an immense pleasure for me and a great honour to be able to drive what is currently the best World Rally Car at my home rally,” said the 41-year-old, whose last appearance in the WRC was in Italy back in 2000.
Pedersoli won the Italian asphalt title in 2011 at the wheel of a Citroen C4 WRC but admits he’s less at home on gravel, a surface on which he hasn’t rallied for more than one year.
“I don’t have much experience on gravel and so it’s difficult to set a precise target,” he said. “I first drove the car in a test in the south of France and I was immediately won over by its abilities. I know Sardinia well, but my recollections of it from a rallying point of view are pretty distant. We’ll see what happens, but above all, I’m determined to enjoy driving this fabulous car.”
After two stages, Pedersoli and co-driver Matteo Romano are 14th overall.