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2003 World Rally Champion, Petter Solberg, will be co-driven by former WRC star Andreas Mikkelsen on stages of next month's Rally Sardinia. The duo will compete on selected stages of the event in a Pirelli-liveried Citroen C3 WRC to further test the Italian brand's new Scorpion KX WRC tyre. From 2021, Pirelli will be the official tyre of the WRC, replacing Michelin. The new tyre will be driven in public for the first time at the shakedown of the world championship event on Thursday October 8, driven by Andreas Mikkelsen, Pirelli’s development driver. The Norwegian will be giving passenger rides to selected journalists to demonstrate the capabilities of the new tyre on rough gravel over the 3.79-kilometre Olmedo stage. Three days later, the Pirelli Scorpion KX will receive its ‘competition’ debut in the hands of a World Rally Champion. Petter Solberg, who won the 2003 world title with Pirelli. Solberg will drive the rally-ending Wolf Power Stage, which covers 6.89 kilometres. He will be co-driven by Mikkelsen in the Pirelli Citroen, having last driven a Citroen DS3 WRC during the 2011 WRC season. The duo will be first into the stage, showcasing the new Pirelli tyre before the competitive action begins. Pirelli’s rally activity manager Terenzio Testoni commented: “Obviously this isn’t a serious competition debut: we just wanted to take the chance to show the new Pirelli Scorpion KX tyre at our home event to media and fans. It’s great to see Petter back with us for the Power Stage – but maybe less fun for Andreas in the co-driver’s seat!”
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