Andreas Mikkelsen is set to contest seven rounds in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge at the wheel of an M-Sport run Ford Fiesta S2000.

The 20-year-old will get his first taste of the Fiesta on Rally Sweden this weekend, with his first IRC event coming in Sardinia in June.

Mikkelsen will look to build on the fine form shown by the Fiesta in Monte Carlo - where Mikko Hirvonen took victory on the cars debut - and said he was aiming for at least podium finishes in his IRC campaign.

"This is just fantastic," he said. "When I saw Mikko Hirvonen's and M-Sport team's debut with the new Fiesta S2000 in Monte Carlo, I'm sure we have the best package available. My goal is to fight for the S2000 category win in Rally Sweden, and podium finishes in all the IRC rounds."

M-Sport team manager Malcolm Wilson added that he was sure Mikkelsen would be amongst the front-runners when he joins the IRC field.

"This will prove to be an exciting season for Andreas," he said. "He has already demonstrated that he has the speed and ability to perform well and the Ford Fiesta S2000 has shown its potential by winning in Monte Carlo.

"Together they should be a good package and I will be watching Andreas' performances with interest this season."