McCormack relishing his big return to British series
Former British junior champion Marty McCormack is to return to the BRC series this year following its major revamp.
The Draperstown driver, who won the junior title in 2009 and 2011, has competed mainly on World and European rounds in recent times but will be back as part of a two-car team running under the Tiger Risk banner.
In 2013, he also won the RAC Historic Championship in the family Ford Escort RS1800.
After being suspended for a year, the British championship has been re-launched with a new promoter, new rallies, new cars and expanded television coverage on Channel 4 and BT Sport.
It is the switch to cars in the R5 and S2000 categories which has brought McCormack back to a series in which, on the 2012 Ulster Rally, he was the first driver to win a round outright in a two-wheel-drive Citroen DS3.
Now he plans to drive his S2000 Skoda Fabia on all seven rounds including the Circuit of Ireland in April and the Ulster International in August and will be joined by Kent team-mate James Slaughter, who makes the step up from historic rallying to drive an R5 Ford Fiesta.
"Although I will be running an older spec car this year and there will be some areas where we will lack power, I still think that, as a package, it will be very strong," said McCormack, who was awarded the Colin McRae Flat Out Trophy for his performance on the 2012 Circuit of Ireland.
Slaughter is new to the BRC but has competed on the Circuit for the past two years in his historic class Ford Escort.