“I didn’t expect this” – Chris Atkinson
- 17th December 2008, 8:38am
A Subaru representative flew from the factory in Japan to the south of France to tell the drivers face to face.
â€œI sort of knew something was going on, but I didnâ€™t expect this,â€ Atkinson said. â€œNow we have to figure out where to go from here. Nothingâ€™s certain. To be honest itâ€™s all still a bit of a shock. Obviously itâ€™s disappointing - we put in four years at Subaru trying our best at every race. Now all I know is thereâ€™s nothing more planned.â€
Atkinson doesnâ€™t expect to be competing on Rally Ireland - the 2009 season opener - but says he hasnâ€™t discussed it with anyone at the teamâ€™s UK headquarters.
â€œThe team havenâ€™t spoken to me. Not a word. I guess thatâ€™s just the way it is,â€ Atkinson added.
Solberg, meanwhile, stated on his official website: â€œI need to evaluate the situation before I make any public statement. I understand that media and the public would like to have answers to all their questions right now, but I ask you all to be patient and wait until tomorrow,â€ he said.
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