Craig Breen is aiming to take back-to-back wins at Circuit of Ireland after being handed a late entry to his home event and will drive a Citroen DS3 R5 prepared by DGM Sport.
The 26-year-old has graduated into the World Rally Championship this year after three season in the European Rally Championship, where he claimed three event wins on his way to the runner-up spot in 2015.
One of Breen's victories came at Circuit of Ireland and he will now make a one-off return with DGM Sport in between his truncated WRC campaign with Citroen, who is gearing up for a full-time return to the international series in 2017 ahead of the regulations revamp.
“My world championship programme takes preference this year but the Circuit of Ireland is very close to my heart and I really wanted to come back and try to win it again,” Breen said. “My friends and supporters from Waterford and beyond were also desperate for me to do the rally and it is with their help that we have been able to make it happen.
“I love the rally, I love its rich heritage and I love the magnificent trophy which goes to the winner – I want to bring it back to Waterford for another year.”
Breen will become the second star WRC driver to make a guest appearance in the ERC in as many events, after Mads Østberg competed on the season-opening Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés earlier this month, with the Norwegian crashing out of the lead on the final stage of the first leg.