Proton Motorsports will skip next month’s Tour de Corse-E.Leclerc, the third round of this season’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) at Corsica. The team will instead put full focus on the Queensland Rally in Australia, which will be held from 13-15 May (Tour de Corse runs from 12-14 May).

The Aussie rally is the second round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), which Proton leads thanks to a 1-3 finish in the Malaysian Rally.

The striking yellow Neo S2000s will resume their IRC challenge in the following event, the Prime Yalta Rally in Ukraine. To be held in early June, Yalta is new to the IRC, but is a regular fixture in Ukraine’s national rally championship. It’s an asphalt event that includes stages in mountains overlooking the Black Sea city of Yalta in Ukraine’s Crimea region.

It’s uncharted territory for IRC drivers, but that’s the reason why Proton’s PG Andersson is looking forward to it. “I like to get to know a place where other drivers haven’t been before. Nobody has an advantage when it is like this and I like it when the stages are more rough and bumpy,” the 30-year old Swede said.

The other Neo will be driven by Giandomenico Basso. The Italian scored Proton’s first points of the season by finishing ninth in the Rally Islas Canarias, Spain, earlier in the month.