Mark Higgins has confirmed that he is pretty close to putting together a deal to compete in the MSA British Rally Championship again in 2009.

Higgins, who has already won the BRC title three times and who took three victories in the British series in '08, is hoping to continue with TEG Sport this year.

Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio at the Autosport International Show, Mark also added that he is keen do a few rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge as well.

"We have got some good irons in the fire," he revealed when asked about his plans for the coming season. "We are hoping to do something with TEG again. They have been very loyal to us and we are working hard to do another programme in the BRC this year.

"We are also looking at doing some IRC rounds as well with Bill Gwynne Motorsport. They supported us last year and we will see what else comes about too.

"We are all complaining about the economy at the moment and it is going to be very, very hard on motorsport. You can see it here already [at the Autosport International Show]. It is quite quiet. But it will come round and we will stay there and keep on fighting."

Higgins provisionally finished second in the BRC standings in '08. However, with the MSA revealing back in mid-December that it is going to re-investigate the appeal hearing that saw Guy Wilks reinstated as winner of the International Rally Yorkshire, it is still not know who has taken the 2008 BRC crown, a situation Higgins branded 'crazy'.

"We had a really good fight [with Wilks] and if you look at the times it has been close and it has been a good battle. It had been a very competitive championship. But it just all started going downhill after the Ulster," Mark lamented. "There was a lot of in-fighting and bickering, which has definitely spoilt the championship.

"It is crazy that we are here now in January and we are going to the awards presentation on Saturday [January 10] and we still don't know who has won the championship.

"It is not good for anybody. But we have got to put that behind us and regardless of whoever has won, we have missed out on the opportunity if we have won now anyway, and so we will just crack on and do the best we can this coming season."

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