Crews competing in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge are being told to expect plenty of high-speed action, when they take in the Curitiba International Rally in Brazil next month.

Run as the Graciosa Rally for the last 29 years, the event, which will form the second round in the series, has adopted a new title this season to reflect its rise in status after it was included on the 2009 IRC schedule.

"The drivers coming to Brazil will experience a very traditional rally but with different characteristics," said Marcos Marcola, the promoter of the Curitiba-based rally.

"The stages will be very fast and will demand a lot from the drivers."

Marcola meanwhile visited the IRC-opening Monte Carlo Rally last month and he said the trip was extremely worthwhile.

"The organisation was impeccable. It was a good experience," he added.

"I am sure though that we will have a rally worthy of the worldwide status the IRC demands.

"The cars in the IRC are spectacular and our public will see some very impressive performances."

The event, which runs from March 5-7 and which will include a ceremonial start in the centre of Curitiba on Thursday March 5, will consist of a total competitive distance of 234.65 kilometres.

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