41 year old Chris Patterson has been selected as Petter Solberg's new co-driver.

Chris started as a co-driver in 1998, and has been alongside many drivers, like Nasser Al-Attiyah and Kris Meeke, for the past years. He is five times Middle-East Champion and won the 2006 Production World Rally Championship.

"I am very happy with Chris as my new co-driver, and I am confident that our partnership will be good in the car," Solberg said.

"We did a really tough test yesterday, and Chris delivered perfectly all the time. He has a long experience as a co-driver, and that was really important to me. I know it will be a challenge in Bulgaria, but we are both more than ready for the rally there and to fight in the lead."

"It feels like a big task to be asked to replace a co-driver like Phil Mills, but when the offer came from Petter after the test yesterday, I knew I just had to do it," Patterson said.

"I’ve been a co-driver for 12 years, and hopefully my experience will help me now, as the first rally is coming up in a few days. I so look forward to this job, and am 110% ready for the challenge!"

The new duo starts with testing in Bulgaria this weekend, and the first rally is in Bulgaria from July 8-11.
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