Petter Solberg has been left without a drive for the 2013 World Rally Championship

Last Updated: 13/01/13 6:44pm

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Petter Solberg has been left without a drive following Ford's withdrawal from the World Rally Championship

Petter Solberg has been left without a drive following Ford's withdrawal from the World Rally Championship

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Former world rally champion Petter Solberg will not compete in the 2013 event following the withdrawal of the Ford as a works team.

Ford announced in October that they would be withdrawing works support from the championship next year, leaving the Norwegian without a drive.

The 2003 champion ran his own team for three years after Suburu, with who he won his title, pulled out of the sport in 2008.

However, the 38-year-old says a similar option is not an option: "I have said I am willing to drive for free, but at this point I will not pay to drive.

"I would have loved to have driven for a few more years but I do realise there will not be a WRC programme for me next year."

The absence of Solberg means there will not be a past champion competing in the 2013 season, with current title holder Sebastien Loeb only driving in a limited number of events.

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