Tommi Makinen and Petter Solberg say they are fully prepared for next month's New Zealand Rally after the Subaru WRC team carried out a two-day gravel test in England this week.

Tommi Makinen and Petter Solberg say they are fully prepared for next month's New Zealand Rally after the Subaru WRC team carried out a two-day gravel test in the north of England this week.

Makinen and Solberg put the Impreza WRC 03 through its paces in the Lake District. Makinen was assisted by his race engineer Michael Zotos after the four-time world champion’s co-driver, Kaj Lindstrom, was given the week off.

"My engineer sat in the co-driver's seat for this test," said Makinen. "It was a good opportunity for him to understand what I am looking for and it went very well.

"We looked at tyres and set-up for New Zealand as well as ways to generally improve the car. We were actually very lucky as the weather was nice and it is not always easy to find good weather conditions at this time of year," Makinen added.

Zotos was confident of a Subaru one-two finish in New Zealand: "Obviously, for Tommi to win there would be great. I think I'll have to go for a Subaru one-two and let Petter and Tommi fight it out between themselves."

Solberg took over testing duties for the final day of the test and like Makinen, he too was surprised by England's unseasonally dry weather: "It was a good day and we had perfect weather conditions in Cumbria, no rain at all".

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