British television commentator Tony Jardine will make his debut on Rallye Monte Carlo next week.

Jardine will be one of a number of amateur drivers contesting the centenary edition of the event, which first ran in 1911 and has opened the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for the last two seasons.

Although Jardine has competed on a number of national and international events in the past, he has never done the Monte.

Despite conceding it will be the most difficult rally he has tackled to date, Jardine is still relishing the prospect of taking part in his IRC 2WD Cup M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2.

"I'm under no illusions that it is going to be anything but a massive challenge particularly as I've also got my day job to think about in the build-up to the event," said Jardine, who will be co-driven by newspaper journalist Byron Young.

"I've always watched the event on television and I've always wanted to have a go myself. It was special just to get an entry for the 100th anniversary of the event and to get a finish would mean everything."