After ending the Asia Pacific Rally Championship 2010 with a successful 1-2 finish in China, the Proton R3 Rally Team is now gearing up for the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season, beginning with the prestigious Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo on January 18-22, 2011.

In addition to current Proton driver Chris Atkinson, the team will be fielding double Junior World Rally champion Per-Gunnar Andersson as their new driver at the IRC next month, along with brand new Proton Satria Neo S2000s.

The upcoming Monte-Carlo Rally is of great historical significance since it is the centenary of the world’s oldest motorsport event; the season opener will feature a line-up of 39 S2000s in 324 competitive kilometres over 13 stages.

While few of us are lucky enough to get into an actual S2000 car to experience the thrill of taking tight corners with Scandinavian flicks, those of you who are game for virtual rallying can test your driving and navigation skills in The Rallye to Monte-Carlo, a new interactive game from Proton Motorsports.

A virtual rally spanning continents and cultures, the game challenges you to drive your favourite Proton cars and go up against your friends in a rally spanning over 20,000 kilometres from Malaysia to Monaco.

The Grand Prize? A chance to cheer on the Proton R3 Rally Team and experience the centenary of the Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo with a friend, on 19-22 January 2011.

Your virtual journey is broken up into three stages and you progress through stages by completing Challenges that reward you with important things like fuel and special items like turbo boosts.

Currently, players have passed Stage 1 of the rally, which was from Kuala Lumpur to Chengdu, China.

After Chengdu, the route splits into two; you can travel up North through Kazakhstan, Russia and Eastern Europe or head South through Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, before assembling in Romania for the final push to Monte-Carlo.

So, get going; you can still catch up and take the lead if you start playing now!