Subaru wins race to repair Solberg's car

Petter Solberg will start the Tour de Corse today (Friday) as he bids to stay in the hunt for the World Rally Championship title. Subaru mechanics worked through the night to repair his Impreza after the Norwegian heavily damaged the machine in a crash in shakedown on Thursday

Subaru wins race to repair Solberg's car

Yesterday, Solberg's car left the road on the 7km stage and sustained serious bodywork damage after hitting a telegraph pole. Both Solberg and co-driver Phil Mills were uninjured in the accident.

Subaru was granted permission to miss Thursday night's ceremonial rally start so that mechanics can work on the car.

Team boss David Lapworth said: "We took his car to a specialist workshop in Ajaccio where we were able to put it on a jig and make a thorough assessment. We're satisfied that the shell isn't badly damaged and we've done the necessary repair work."

Solberg says he has never put a foot wrong during a shakedown before.

"We were 1.9km from the start, on a right hand corner when the car got on to some loose gravel on the outside of the road and we slid off," he explained. "The rear of the car on my side hit a telegraph pole and it's caused quite a lot of damage.

"I always respect shakedowns, I've done 53 of them over the years and have never put a foot wrong before. But you have to remember that we're competing at the highest level here, we're not playing around, and things like this can happen at any time, during shakedown as well as the rally. It's just really bad luck."

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