Three-time British Rally champion Mark Higgins will be in action on the Live Rally Stage at this year's Race Retro, the international historic motorsport show, when it races into Stoneleigh Park from March 13-15.

Higgins, who is hoping to compete in the BRC this year again with TEG Sport, will drive David Appleby Engineering's Aston Martin V8 Rally GT car as part of the Slowly Sideways GB Ltd display of Group B cars.

Higgins has never driven the Prodrive supplied V8 420bhp Aston Martin before but has driven his fair share of Astons as he was one of the stunt driving team in last year's movie blockbuster Quantum of Solace.

Furthermore his stunt driving skills may come in useful as he will pitch his skills against the rally legend 'Flying Finn' Rauno Aaltonen, who will also drive the Aston Martin V8 Rally GT.

"It's great to be involved with Race Retro as I have always been a fan of historic loud rally cars and the chance to drive David Appleby's V8 Rally GT will be brilliant fun and entertaining for the spectators," said Mark.

"It's going to be very interesting to drive in a competitive way because I think the format of 420bhp and just rear wheel drive should be amazing fun and it's always a privilege to drive an Aston."

Other celebrity drivers confirmed so far for the show meanwhile include Paddy Hopkirk and Russell Brookes, who will be driving his championship winning Andrews Heat for Hire sponsored cars including the Opel Manta 400, Lotus Sunbeam, and Ford Sierra Cosworth, on the Live Rally Stage.

The action on the outdoor Live Rally Stage takes place on Saturday and Sunday only and is included in the cost of the show ticket.

Adult ticket prices are ?20 for Friday and ?15 for Saturday and Sunday when booking in advance and offer free parking. Children's tickets on Friday are ?5 but then free all weekend. The show is open from 9.30am each day and closes at 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday.

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