R.E.D Motorsport have announced that the team will run Alister McRae in a Prodrive built Subaru Impreza Sti Group N rally car, in the 2004 FIA Production Car World Rally Championship [PCWRC].

Confirming the deal, team principal Neil Gatt, who's team has prepared and run rally cars for both Jimmy and Colin McRae, said: "It's been a while since the McRae name has been on an R.E.D car therefore I am thrilled to be running Alister in the PCWRC next year."

R.E.D is planning to run a two or three car team in the 2004 PCWRC, but Gatt would not be drawn on the identity of the second or third driver.

"My objective for 2004 season is to be highly competitive with strong driver/car packages. The Prodrive built Subaru has proved it's capability in this years PCWRC and of course to have a driver of Alister's stature ability speaks for itself," added Gatt.

Alister McRae has not driven a Group N car competitively since 1992, when he drove a Group N Ford in the British Championship and entered the RAC Rally in a Group N Subaru Legacy. Testing for Sweden and Mexico in the latest Subaru Group N car will begin shortly.

Commenting on the prospect of competing in the PCWRC Alister commented: "Clearly a full works WRC drive was my priority for 2004, however in the absence of that, the PCWRC for 2004 looks to be the next best thing. I'm really looking forward to what is looking like being a very competitive and more high profile championship than previous years."

When asked about sponsorship McRae added: "There are a few gaps in the budget at the moment, but I'll be talking to interested parties over the next couple of weeks and hope to announce details of that early next year."