Andersson signs with Proton

Swedish star P-G Andersson will compete on every round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this year after agreeing a deal with Proton.

The 30-year-old started the Monte Carlo Rally in a Satria, but came to grief during SS2 when he ripped off a wheel. Despite this unfortunate beginning, the two-time Junior World Rally Champion has secured a deal with Proton for the rest of the season.

He said: “It’s been a tough event but this is a very good way to end it for me. I’ve been talking to Proton for a while and this morning we did the deal. It’s great news to be associated with a manufacturer again: it’s what everybody wants in rallying and there are not that many manufacturers around. Proton has a good car and I’m looking forward to helping make it into a great car.”

Andersson’s next event with Proton will be the all-asphalt Rally Islas Canarias from April 14-16, the second round of the IRC. Proton is planning to field two cars on the Eurosport-backed series, with Andersson’s team mate due to be announced shortly.

Chris Atkinson and Alister McRae will continue to contest the Asia-Pacific Championship for Proton this year.

Source: Anthony Peacock,