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Alister McRae's World Rally Championship return confirmed for Sweden

Alister McRaeAlister McRae will return to the World Rally Championship for the first time in almost five years when he tackles Rally Sweden with Proton next month.

The February 9-12 event, round two of Proton's Super 2000 WRC commitment, will be the Scot's first ordinary rally outing of the season, although he has contested the Dakar cross-country rally already this month. McRae, who will also defend his Asia Pacific title with Proton, has not been seen in the WRC since a one-off Mitsubishi Group N drive on the 2007 Rally New Zealand.

"It's great to be back in the WRC," said the former British Rally champion. "It's been a while since I was competing at this level, but it's great to get the chance again with Proton. Sweden is an event all drivers really enjoy; stage stages are nice and fast and flowing and, providing there's good snow, there's always very good grip."

McRae has plenty of experience of the Karlstad-based event, having competed on it seven times and finished fifth overall in the past.

Proton will field Satria-Neo S2000s for P-G Andersson and Giandomenico Basso on this week's SWRC opener, the Monte Carlo Rally.

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