2013 Junior World Rally champion Pontus Tidemand will compete on Rally Sweden next month in an M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC car.

Tidemand, who made his debut in a World Rally Car in Sweden twelve months ago, impressively running sixth overall at the end of the opening day, before engine problems sidelined him in the first stage on day two, gets the chance thanks to support from his local sponsors.

"This is what we have been working for throughout the fall, so it feels really good to get it together before the very last minute," Tidemand told his official website.

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"It's a bit of a dream to get to compete with the best drivers in the world on home turf where you get so much support. I am indescribably grateful for everyone around me who make this dream come to life."

"It will be a challenge, but tough competition is motivating," he added. "The feeling I had last year was great so if everything goes smoothly, I think top five is possible. Now we just have to make a good plan for the preparations and make sure to stay positive and focused.

"Then it's just to do your best and try not to forget to enjoy it!"

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson meanwhile is looking forward to seeing what the 23-year-old can achieve: "I am delighted that Pontus will be behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta RS WRC at Rally Sweden. Having graduated from the FIA Junior WRC, he is another perfect example of Ford and M-Sport's 'ladder of opportunity' in action and I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing how he develops," Wilson continued.

"Last year's event saw Pontus put in an incredible performance on his world rally car debut and I see no reason why we can't see more of the same from him in 2014.

"It will certainly be great to see a Swedish driver in a top-specification car at home and I am sure that the Swedish flags will be out in force."