One-time World Rally champion Petter Solberg believes his chance to compete on the powerstage of next month’s Rally Italy is the perfect litmus test for Pirelli’s new gravel tyres.
The Norwegian, who beat Sebastien Loeb to the 2003 WRC title, will get back behind the wheel of a WRC-spec Citroen C3 on the closing 4.28-mile Sassari test using Pirelli’s freshly-developed Scorpion KX rubber.
The 45-year-old, also a two-time World RX champion, will be navigated by three-time WRC event winner Andreas Mikkelsen after he was recruited by Pirelli to lead its research and development programme ahead of its WRC return next season.
Pirelli will take over from Michelin as the official tyre supplier to the WRC in a deal that starts next year and runs until the end of 2024.
It previously held the position from 2008 to 2010 before