Nasser Al-Attiyah has said the opportunity to win rallies outright was one of the major influences behind his decision to enter the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this year.

Al-Attiyah, from Qatar, will drive a Rene Georges Rally Sport-run Skoda Fabia S2000 on at least six rounds of the IRC this season. His first event will be Rally Argentina in March, where he won the Group N division in eighth overall when the event counted as a round of the world championship in 2009.

"In the IRC if you win, you win the race and it's not always like that in some other rallies I do," he explained.

"This is very important for the concentration and makes it so interesting to be doing the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. I am doing so much to win this championship and I know it can be a good fight because the rallies are always open with many good drivers."