Former British Rally champion David Higgins has announced plans to contest the Dunlop/Gambia MSA British Historic Rally Championship in a Ford Escort, starting with the Bulldog Historic Rally on 28 March.

Higgins plans to contest six of the season's eight events, but will miss the Severn Valley Stages in May and the Tour of Flanders in September due to clashes with his programme in China with a Group N Mitsubishi.

The 2004 BRC titlewinner has revealed that he will compete in a car prepared by Mark Solloway's Historic Rallysport concern, tackling the Bulldog in a Mk1 Escort.

"I've got 95 per cent of the budget we need, and Mark produces a fantastic car, so I gave him a ring to see if he was up for it," Higgins explained.

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He will be joined on the Bulldog by 2008 BRC team-mate Hugh Evans, who will contest at least the season opener in one of Solloway's Mk2 Escorts.

"I'm really excited about it," Higgins continued, "The competition in historics is very strong and the cars are brilliant fun to drive. You get such a buzz out of driving these cars."