M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson says he hopes the decision to promote Elfyn Evans into a full-blown WRC car for the 2014 season will prove to be a 'win-win' for both parties.

The young Welshman, son of former British Rally Champion Gwyndaf, will partner Mikko Hirvonen this season having made the step up from WRC2, where he finished seventh last year at the wheel of an M-Sport run car.

With less than 20 events under his belt, Evans will lack the experience of most of his rivals but Wilson said the team was looking at the long-term in signing the 25-year-old.

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"In an ideal world, it may have been better for Elfyn to have another year in WRC2, but with the situation we are in now without the pressure of a manufacturer, we felt it was a great opportunity to give a British driver the chance at the highest level," he told Crash.net at the Autosport International show.

"Because we have a long-term plan for Elfyn, we are happy to make the investment in him this season and hopefully it will prove to be a win-win for both Elfyn and for M-Sport."

Evans' move up to the WRC proper comes on the back of Kris Meeke having earned a drive with Citroen, putting two Brits at the pinnacle of the sport on a full-time basis for the first time since the days of Colin McRae and Richard Burns, with Wilson hopeful that the pair would be able to recreate some of the battles of years gone by.

"Having British drivers at the top of the sport is something everyone has been hoping for since the era of Colin and Richard," Wilson said. "We can't expect too much this season because as much as people would like to see Elfyn and Kris battling for victory together, Kris needs more experience and Elfyn has a lot more still to learn.

"If they are both still here in 2015 then there is a real chance they could fight for honours and it would be great if they could recreate some of the fantastic battles that we saw in the past between Colin and Richard."