Franz Wittmann will try a Skoda Fabia Super 2000 this weekend as he continues his preparations for next season's Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

The rising Austrian star finished 14th in the IRC standings this season at the wheel of a Mitsubishi Lancer E9.

He has driven a Peugeot 207 S2000 subsequently and could use the French car for his programme in 2010.

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He will enter the Slusovice Rally Sprint in the Skoda. The event uses asphalt roads close to Zlin, venue of Czech Republic's IRC round

"Testing the Skoda will give us figures to compare with the Peugeot," said Wittmann Jr, who scored points in the IRC on two occasions in 2009, in the Azores and Russia. "I would like to run with the leaders but it will be difficult because it is my very first time in the car and I can't make any mistakes."

Meanwhile, in a separate development, two leading Irish drivers look set to compete on the Monte Carlo Rally, round one in the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

Eamonn Boland, the 2008 Irish Tarmac champion, and Daniel Barry, who won the Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge in the UK this season, are both due to compete in a pair of Mitsubishi Lancers.

Boland, who will drive a latest specification Lancer E10, said: "It can be a hard rally but it's also a great rally to go and do at that time of the year."

Entries for the Monte Carlo Rally, which runs from January 18-23, close early in the New Year on January 7.