18 Jun 08
After two WRC events in the new Subaru Impreza WRC2008, factory team driver Petter Solberg thinks his engineers will have a straightforward job to unlock more performance in time for the next rally in Finland.
When it introduced the Impreza WRC2008 on the Acropolis Rally of Greece, the Subaru World Rally Team said it intended to use the event, and Rally Turkey which followed, as an extension of its own test and development programme.
But Solberg’s cautious approach on the car’s competitive debut turned out to be just the right way to approach the punishing stages and Solberg brought the car home in second place. The same approach in Turkey, where the roads were not as rough, earned the Norwegian sixth.
“To be honest with you I’m very pleased,” said Solberg. “First of all with the reliability of my car, we had just a couple of issues, but everything else has been okay. I took care of it - not taking big cuts, driving around the rocks, that sort of thing. I know it’s quite early days yet for the car so I didn’t want to risk anything, but I think the engineers know exactly where to work now with the car and the chassis. To improve this car will be quite easy I think. For now we should be quite happy with the reliability and take it on from here.”
Read more about how Subaru’s Impreza WRC2008 fared in Greece and Turkey, and what the team will be doing before Finland, in the features section. This link will take you straight there: Subaru team gears up for a busy summer