At a press conference, Pontus Tidemand announced he will be disputing the first two rallies of season 2019 in an M-Sport WRC Ford Fiesta. In this way, the 2017 WRC2 champion will be back at the British squad, to compete in Montecarlo and Sweden. The former Skoda Motorsport driver will race again next to his compatriot, Emil Axelsson as co-driver after four years.

“We have found a great solution and I’m so grateful that Malcolm offers me this opportunity. In Monte-Carlo, focus will be on the experience, to get a feel for the car and get to know the team before Rally Sweden, where I really want to be as well prepared as possible and be able to fight for real,” said Pontus Tidemand on an official statement.

“I’m glad to be back behind the wheel of a WRC car and most of all that this is made possible with the support from Malcolm and my local partners. That has been a big goal for me and what we have worked for since the last rally of the season. Now I feel more than ready to tackle new challenges,” said Tidemand.

“I want nothing but to reach my dream to one day become world champion and that means I have to step away from the safe path and do everything in my power to move forward,” Pontus admited.

The agreement between Tidemand and M-Sport covers a priori Montecarlo (January 24 to 27) and Sweden (February 14 to 17) rounds, although it could extend to more participations. The British team will have Teemu Suninen as a full time driver, but who will drive the second car is still unknown. While speculation suggests Elfyn Evans, it’s been revealed that Tidemand will get in the third car in the above-mentioned rounds.