Two firsts for the IRC at Ypres
Proton will make its debut in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge later this month when Guy Wilks contests the Belgium Ypres Rally in the Malaysian company's Satria Neo Super 2000.
This means that for the first time in the history
of the series, all seven IRC-registered manufacturers will be represented on one event.
Although Wilks, from Great Britain, is a Belgium Ypres Rally novice, he has driven the Proton in competition before, leading the British championship Pirelli Rally in April until he was forced out when a freak fire destroyed his car.
His inclusion on the Belgium Ypres Rally entry list brings the total number of Super 2000 cars contesting the asphalt event to 20: another record for the IRC.
"I've made no secret of my desire to enter the IRC with Proton so it's great it's finally happening," said the 28-year-old Wilks.
Wilks was a frontrunner in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship with the factory Suzuki team before making his debut in a Ford Focus World Rally Car on Rally Norway in February 2007.
Since then he has claimed the British title twice and made his IRC debut in a Honda Civic Type-R on Rally Russia last season.