Krzysztof Holowczyc will link-up with Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg this coming weekend as he joins the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT line-up for his home event.

Holowczyc, who is a three-time Rally Poland champion, finished 19th on the Mikolajki-based event last year and he last won it back in 2005.

Now a Member of the European Parliament, sitting on the Committee on Transport and Tourism, he remains a high-profile personality in his home nation and this will be his 18th start in the WRC.

Holowczyc took his career-best WRC finish back in 1998, when he was seventh on the Rally Argentina - a result incidentally that remains the best ever by a Polish driver in the history of the World Rally Championship.

"For us this rally is not new and it is going to be fantastic to be on a road that we know well in one of the best cars out there," he said.

"It is very important for the fans in Poland to be able to see the best rally drivers in the world. I think that there will be a massive number of people who come out to watch.

"It is very exciting for us to be part of one of the best teams and I think it will be a surprise for some people to see a driver who doesn't take part in the WRC regularly go quite fast on the stages."

Ford/M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson meanwhile believes that the addition of Holowczyc will be a real bonus.

Indeed he reckons it should help his son, Matthew and Henning Solberg - the two regular Stobdart drivers - as they take on the challenge of the newest rally in the WRC.

"We are delighted to have Krzysztof Holowczyc joining us for this rally. Rally Poland is a new event for all of the drivers, so to some extent it's a step into the unknown.

"His local knowledge and experience will be of benefit to the whole Stobart team," Wilson Sr concluded.

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