Leading Norwegian driver Eyvind Brynildsen will make his debut in a World Rally Car in Sweden, when he joins Mads Ostberg's Adapta Motorsport team.
The 24-year-old Brynildsen will drive a sister Fiesta RS WRC to the one being used by Ostberg himself. Ostberg is expected to be among the pacesetters at the event, having led it last season.
Brynildsen's deal for next month's second round of the World Rally Championship also includes an entry on Rally Finnskog, a snow event in Norway which is running the week before Sweden, and will be entered by Citroen factory driver Mikko Hirvonen.
Brynildsen, who has lost his deal to drive a Skoda in the SWRC this season, said: "I am very much looking forward to this. To compete in a World Rally Car is the dream of every rally driver. And what can be better than to do that in cooperation with the neighbor? I hope that this is the start of something that can be extended to more WRC rallies later on. We are working hard to get a budget."
Adapta team principal Morten Ostberg said: "Eyvind is a driver with international potential. He had a lot of unlucky situations last season. We will do everything we can to ensure that the luck turns now.
"We have top mechanics in the preparation of the car, we work closely with M-Sport on engineering and spare parts, and Mads will share all his setups and experiences. I hope and believe this is the start of a long collaboration."