Franz Wittmann will get some useful practice ahead of his next Intercontinental Rally Challenge event when he enters the German Rally Championship-counting Hessen Rallye Vogelsberg this weekend.

Wittmann has been out of action since Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo in January after electing to skip the IRC double header in South America in March in order to concentrate his efforts on the European rounds of the series.

He said entering the Hessen Rallye Vogelsberg would provide an ideal opportunity to re-acquaint himself with his Interwetten Racing Peugeot 207 Super 2000 and co-driver Klaus Wicha ahead of his planned participation on Rally Islas Canarias, round four of the IRC, later this month.

"Doing this rally is a great chance to overcome my lack of recent experience and kilometres," said the 26-year-old. "We're doing it purely as a test so we don't care about the result. It's also a great opportunity to try the car and do some different things with the differentials and tyres. But really I can't wait to get back to the IRC and to the great competition."

Meanwhile, Pierre Campana is hoping his outing on the Lyon-Charbonnieres Rally, also this weekend, will be a springboard to driving a Super 2000 car in the 2010 IRC.

Campana, who has contested two IRC events in the past, albeit in a front-wheel drive Renault Clio, will drive a Peugeot 207 S2000 on the French championship event.

"Having driven an S2000 car I know this is definitely the future for me," he noted. "I enjoy driving the Clio but it's obviously vital for my future career to accumulate four-wheel drive experience.

"I am looking forward to driving the car on Lyon-Charbonnieres but I would really welcome the opportunity to see how I compare against the top drivers from the IRC. From what I know of the series from Sanremo and Monte Carlo it's really the place to be."

Campana will also contest selected rounds of the IRC 2WD Cup this season. He is currently fourth in the standings after finishing second in class on Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo in January.