WRC2 regular Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari is to step up to the top class of the World Rally Championship in Spain next month after agreeing a deal to compete in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

The Seashore Qatar Rally Team driver will step up from his Fiesta RRC for the event, before returning to his regular drive for his final WRC2 points scoring event of the campaign in Wales.

Al-Kuwari's drive in the Fiesta WRC comes as a reward for his performances in WRC2 this season and he said he was excited about the opportunity to move up to the top class and to sample the M-Sport developed machine.

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"It's a great feeling to know that I will be driving the Fiesta RS WRC in Spain," Al-Kuwari said. "The decision was made as early as after our WRC 2 win in Argentina. I received a call from Seashore Qatar Rally Team's owner - Mr. Salim Al-Mhannadi - telling me that I would have at least one rally behind the wheel of a Fiesta RS WRC this season as reward for our hard work and good results. I would like to thank him very much for this opportunity.

"This car is much faster than the Fiesta RRC I am used to so we will need some time to get used to it. Our first goal is always to finish all the stages and make it to the finish ramp. Of course a top ten finish would be fantastic, and if I'm honest, I really want to beat my best result of 10th place overall.

"That said, we'll be back in the [Fiesta] RRC for Wales Rally GB as our focus is very much centred on the WRC 2 championship which we are currently leading. We'll have to wait and see what lies in store for next year, but I am a very ambitious guy so if my sponsor decides to go for a full WRC program, I will be ready as always.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I would like to thank Seashore for their continued support and for helping secure the deal with M-Sport. With M-Sport I really feel that I am driving for the best team in the world. Our season has been trouble free and everyone is striving towards the one goal - to win. Working with M-Sport is like being part of one big supportive family."

M-Sport managing director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, added: "We have seen some very impressive performances from Abdulaziz this year, so the next logical step was for him to take to the wheel of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. It will be a challenging event with a lot of very quick drivers behind the wheel of some top-specification cars, but Abdulaziz and Killian [Duffy, his co-driver] are more than capable of securing a good result.

"I am delighted that M-Sport have been able to offer the Seashore Qatar Rally Team this opportunity, and I look forward to seeing how they progress on their competitive debut with the car."