Proton Motorsports has confirmed it will enter the Super 2000 World Rally Championship in 2012 alongside the defence of its FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship title.
Alister McRae and PG Andersson, who will be Proton's pairing for the Asian programme, will form part of the SWRC line-up with Giandomenico Basso also involved in the plans to take the Proton Satria Neo S2000 into the SWRC for the first time.
Andersson and Basso will be on driving duties for the season opener in Monte Carlo next month, with the team also entering the events in Sweden, New Zealand, Finland, France, Spain and GB over the course of the year.
“It's great news to have the programme sorted out and to have two major championships to look forward to, with two Satria Neo S2000s in each,” team boss Chris Mellors said. “The defence of our APRC success is obviously of paramount importance to us, but moving to the Super 2000 World Rally Championship is great for us to show the way the Satria Neo S2000 is developing.
“We have competed in the IRC for the past few years and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Eurosport and the IRC for providing a fantastic series. Proton is taking a new direction for 2012, but we are still looking at the potential for running customer cars in the IRC.
“But, for now, we are fully focused on the Monte for P-G and Giandomenico. This is going to be a really, really exciting start to what we hope will be a year as full of success as 2011 was. We are very familiar with the main driver line-up, but as the season progresses we will be trying some different drivers in some of the SWRC rounds.”