The British-based works Proton squad is set to field a two-car team in next year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

With backing from the Malaysian car giant, the team made its IRC debut on the Belgium Ypres Rally last June. Although it expanded to running two cars on Barum Czech Rally Zlin in August, it concentrated on fielding a single entry on all other events it has contested.

"Next year is going to be a busy year for us with two cars in the IRC," said team principal Chris Mellors.

Alister McRae, who scored Proton's first IRC podium on Rally of Scotland, is likely to continue with the team in 2010 although several other drivers are also under consideration.

"We hope Alister will be involved with the programme next year but there are a lot of drivers we're talking to," Mellors continued.

"We're going to be testing the car in December with some very interesting people. We're very excited."