Looks like we’ll be seeing more of Per-Gunnar Andersson driving the Satria Neo S2000 as he and Proton have agreed to team up for the rest of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season. The 30-year old Swede raced the Neo S2000 for the first time at the recent centenary edition of the Monte Carlo Rally, which is also the first IRC leg this year. His was quick but unlucky to retire on the first day after hitting a rock that damaged the suspension.

“It’s fantastic to have a season of driving confirmed. The Satria is a great car and to have the chance to be working with a manufacturer like Proton is very good news for me. There is some work to do with the car but in the short time I have been with the team we have made some big steps forward,” said PG, a two-time Junior World Rally champion.

Proton Motorsports team principal Chris Mellors is happy with his new recruit. “Anybody who has seen PG driving up close can be in no doubt about the kind of speed he is capable of. We’re really looking forward to working with him this season,” the MEM boss said.

The next IRC round is the Rally Islas Canarias (Spain) in April. In the meantime, PG is sharpening his skills in the WRC. In the season opening Rally Sweden, where Mikko Hirvonen gave the Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car a winning start, Proton’s new man finished seventh driving the same Ford. That appearance was paid for by over 400 donations from his fan club. That pot isn’t empty yet, so he’s looking forward to WRC’s Rally d’Italia in May.