Petter Solberg will drive a works Peugeot 207 Super 2000 car on next year's Monte Carlo Rally, the first round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC).

"I was very surprised when Olivier Quesnel, director of Citroën Racing and Peugeot Sport, contacted me and asked if I would be a guest-driver for the 2011 IRC Rallye Monte-Carlo in January," Solberg said.

"Of course I had to accept! The manufacturer team will run the car, and they wanted to hire me for this event to secure a good result for the team. As for me, this means more competitive kilometres in a rally car and a new experience, as I have not entered an IRC event before. There is also live coverage of some of the stages, which will be exciting.

"This is a one–time arrangement, and I have no plans for a future in the IRC. My plan is still to be in the WRC, and fight for the championship in 2011."

Rallye Monte-Carlo starts in Valence on January 19 and ends in Monaco on the 22nd. A ong with Petter there will be five other cars run by the French Manufacturer, which is a part of PSA Peugeot Citroën.
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