FIA European Rally Championship title contender Craig Breen will step back in time in his native Ireland this week.

Breen, runner-up on the last three rounds, is switching from his regular Peugeot 207 Super 2000 to a Ford Escort Mk2, which first became a force in the late 1970s.

Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle will use the car on the International Rally of the Lakes from 3-5 May and then again on Donegal International Rally from 21-23 June with support from businessman James Coleman, who owns the rear-wheel-drive car.

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"I'm so delighted this opportunity has come up," said Breen. "This is a huge year for me competing in the FIA ERC as a Peugeot Rally Academy driver. But as a consequence I had not scheduled a home event for 2013. Now with this two-rally deal from James, it gives Paul and me the ideal chance to compete in two of the most famous Irish Tarmac events at the wheel of James' Mk2."

Coleman added: "Not having Craig compete on home turf throughout 2013 would have been a shame. We are thrilled to have him in our car for the two events.

"Craig is something special both as a driver and a person and we are proud to be involved with him."