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Former World Rally Champion, Colin McRae, will drive for the Gregoire de Mevius-directed “Team Overdrive” in this month’s Transiberico Rally.

McRae will share the cockpit of his pick-up with Belgium's Jean-Marc Fortin.

"Colin McRae has one of the most successful records in rallying," former WRC driver de Mevius said. "In the course of his career, he has driven with the very best teams. I think it's the prospect of making his competition comeback with a non-works outfit that appeals to him. He seems totally relaxed and excited by the idea.

"We will do all we can to make sure he feels at home with us," continued de Mevius. "This is a one-off operation but we hope Colin quickly finds his marks with the car. To this end, we have planned a test session aimed at giving him a chance to familiarise himself with our Navara Pick-up, which is in fact identical to the Nissans we entered for the 2007 Dakar."

The Transiberico Rally is the toughest of all the European FIA-Bajas. The route, which straddles Portugal and Spain, is particularly long. The dirt tracks used by the event are mostly lined with trees which doesn't make overtaking easy.

The super-special prologue promises to be extremely important since it will determine the following day's start order.

The Transiberico Rally takes place at the end of May.

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