Former British Touring Car champion Rickard Rydell has decided to stick with Volvo in the European Touring Car Championship for 2003, despite the fact the cars will not be factory backed
Rydell will drive an S60 run by Italian team ART Engineering, which has previously prepared Porsche sportscars. Rydell, who had been in talks with Opel regarding a DTM drive, will be joined by touring car stalwart Sandro Sardelli of Italy.
"Of course it will be fun to continue in the ETCC that is only getting better and better," said Rydell on his website. "I hope they have found more horsepower in the engine than last year. The [lack of] power was our main problem last year and if it is solved we can be at the top."
Volvo Motorsport boss Olle Odsell was keen to see the marque continue in the series, despite the fact his paymasters had pulled the plug on the Prodrive-run works team.
He said: "It is great that our S60 cars will remain on the European tracks in 2003. The ETCC is an successful championship with good media coverage, and with Rickard and Sandro as drivers I think the team can give both Alfa and BMW a run."
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