18 May 2012

Aussie cricket captain to race in rally car

6:03 am on 18 May 2012

The Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke will swap the baggy green for a racing helmet when he takes part in the International Rally of Queensland later this month.

Organisers announced that Clarke would put his passion for racing to the test in the event, to be held on the Sunshine Coast from May the 25th.

Clarke will join the BP Ultimate team to drive two stages of the race and says he's thrilled to be taking part in his first rally event.

The 31-year-old will drive alongside veteran professional co-driver Mark Stacey, who has competed at international level for two decades.

The IROQ, in its 44th year, will feature around 90 cars and is the longest-running round in the Australian Rally Championship, also incorporating a round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship.