Former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg could become the next in a long line of rally drivers to race at Le Mans.
The 2003 champion, who has formed his own rally team after Subaru withdrew from the WRC, has been given a tryout in an LMP1 prototype by the French ORECA squad. And, according to team boss Hugues de Chaunac, the Norwegian has the potential to race in this year’s 24 Hrs.
”I am not excluding the possibility of him racing with us this year,” said de Chaunac, “although he needs to do more testing.”
Solberg, who drove an 2008-spec Courage-ORECA LC75E at Paul Ricard in January, will have further meetings with the team.
Rally stars at La sarthe
Vic Elford Monte Carlo winner never finished better than sixth at Le Mans, but won World Championship sports car events
Walter Rohrl Rally legend is another winner in world sports car races, but only started the 24 Hours twice
Guy Frequelin WRC runner-up in 1981 finished fourth at Le Mans with Renault in 1977 and then WM in 1980
Jean Ragnotti Asphalt master and two-time Tour de Corse winner came fourth at Le Mans in 1977 and ’78
Jean-Claude Andruet 1970 European Champion was a La Sarthe regular with two fifths to his name
Sebastien Loeb Five-time WRC champ finished on the podium at Le Mans on his second attempt with Pescarolo Sport