Active suspension boost for Solberg

Petter Soberg's bid for the World Rally Championship has been boosted by the news that Subaru will use an active suspension system on its Imprezas for the first time in this weekend's Sanremo Rally in Italy, according to this week's Motorsport News

Active suspension boost for Solberg

With three asphalt events (Sanremo, Corsica and Spain) next on the calendar, the new actively-controlled dampers should allow Solberg to run softer spring and damper rates that would improve traction. Subaru team boss David Lapworth compared it to rival Peugeot's hydraulically-controlled anti-roll bars.

"The main advantages of the car, like Peugeot's, are that it doesn't roll and pitch," he said. "You can keep the body flatter. That's where most of the advantage comes from. The tyres just sit flat on the road."

Solberg faces an uphill struggle to win the championship as his Subaru is not renowned for its performance on asphalt. However, this new system, which has taken five years to develop, could give him a chance to keep pace with his rivals before November's Rally GB finale - an event he won last year.

Solberg is currently joint second in the championship, level on points with Citroen's Carlos Sainz and seven points behind Peugeot's Richard Burns.

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