Former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg is eyeing a switch to circuit racing, and is gunning for a drive in the 2011 World Touring Car Championship.

Former WRC champion Petter Solberg is eyeing a drive in the WTCC in 2011 The Norwegian – a veteran on the WRC campaign since 1998 – last won a rally round in 2005 and clinched his World Championship crown in 2003 with Subaru. For the past two seasons, Solberg has been a consistent performer in his privately entered Citroën, achieving eight podium finishes in the thirteen-round championship in 2010, finishing third overall.

Citroën has offered him another season in the WRC in 2011, but Solberg is unable to raise enough funds to support another championship season, and is instead gunning for a test with one of the top WTCC teams in the near future.

“I know what I can do on the track, and that’s why I’m looking at the WTCC,” he recently told AUTOSPORT.

“I am very interested in testing some cars to see what they’re like. I have tested Formula 1 and Le Mans cars and they went well,” he continued.

“At the moment it’s tough in the WRC, so I am exploring other possibilities and the biggest one of those is the WTCC,” he added.

And with Volvo looking to enter its first full championship season in the WTCC, would a Scandinavian fit the bill? You read it here first…

[Original image via Rally Sport Live]

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