31 Jan 08
Xevi Pons' manager Jordi Roquer says he's hopeful the ex factory Citroen and Subaru driver will make a return to the World Rally Championship in 2008 - most likely at the wheel of a new shape Subaru Impreza WRC.
Pons joined the Subaru World Rally Team midway through the 2007 season and had been expected to remain part of the squad for 2008, but after experiencing sponsorship difficulties he was absent from the team's line-up in Monte Carlo.
"We are in discussions with Subaru now about a possible four or five rally programme for Xevi," said Roquer. "At this stage I can't say which rallies he will take part in, because a lot depends on the introduction date of the new Impreza. We think it will be more interesting to wait until the new car comes out before returning."
The news came as Pons' 35-year-old co-driver, Xavier Amigo, announced his retirement from professional rallying after a 12-year career.
Amigo's greatest success came in 2006 when he won the Spanish asphalt championship sitting alongside Dani Sola. The same year he was runner-up in the country's gravel series. "I had always declared that 35 was to be the make or break moment of my career," said Amigo. "If I had a firm ongoing professional contract then I could have stayed in the sport, but at this time Xavier Pons has no confirmed programme. It has however been a very satisfying period of my life but for the sake of my family I must now plan my future in a new direction".