Elfyn Evans and Alastair Fisher will both get the chance to test a Ford Focus RS WRC car next month, it has been announced, as the joint Fiesta SportingTrophy UK and Ireland scholarship prize winners.

Originally, the prize was designed to reward the strongest driver for his participation in both championships, but M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson found it impossible to split the two.

"Having to choose one winner for the extended test was a real challenge. Alastair and Elfyn have both showed some amazing performances throughout the year and to split them was just impossible, my only option was to offer the experience to both of them," Wilson Sr explained.

"With both drivers happily agreeing to this decision, it just shows that although the competition is incredibly close, the camaraderie and sportsmanship between the competitors is equally impressive. I am really looking forward now to seeing how they get on."

Although no specific date has been announced for the test, it will take place sometime in December with Stobart Ford's Matthew Wilson on hand to offer some advice and tuition.

"Being given the opportunity to drive a World Rally car is amazing," said Elfyn, who won both the FST UK and IE titles in '08. "We will have a busy few days between the FST International Shootout and this drive - but it will be a fantastic end to the season.

"It will be the first time I will have driven a 4WD car, so it's certainly something I am looking forward to. I am very thankful for this chance."

Fisher, who ended the year tied on points with Evans in the FST IE championship, but who finished second as Elfyn won round 1, is also looking forward to the test.

"To say that I am excited would be an understatement; a test session with Matthew Wilson in a works Ford Focus WRC is a dream end-of-season prize," the 20-year-old continued.

"Having no LHD experience, I wasn't expecting this at all. It's fantastic that M-Sport have recognised our commitment to FST and this is the best possible way we could have been rewarded. My good friend Derek Jobb has lent me his LHD car in preparation for the test!"

The concept of the scholarship was introduced this season by M-Sport to reward the commitment of drivers' competing in both the UK and Irish FST championships and through the initiative M-Sport hopes to give Evans and Fisher a glimpse of what they are aspiring to.

Four other drivers meanwhile from the joint-championship scholarship will also have a chance to get a taste of the Ford Focus WRC having started eight of the 12 qualifying rounds this season. They are Meilyr Evans, Barry Greer, James Everard and Kyle Orr.

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