2013 Junior World Rally champion Pontus Tidemand is to do selected events in the all-new FIA World Rallycross Championship, it has been announced.
The youngster will be part of team EKS, which has been set up by two-time DTM champion, Mattias Ekstrom. Ekstrom is also due to compete and both will use the brand-new Audi S1.
“It feels really good to be with EKS, a team with a real ambition to win. There is a lot of experience in the team and it's made up of members who love to compete – I can't wait for the year ahead!” said Tidemand, who will combine his World RX programme with that in WRC2.
Meanwhile, speaking after confirmation his team will compete in World RX at the official media day for the championship in Italy, Ekstrom added: “This year our plans are to complete as much research and development of the car that we can for the future. Our goal is of course to build the best car.
"I grew up in the rallycross paddock because of my father and I'm very excited about driving a Supercar this year and to witness the sport growing as a World Championship.”
Martin Anayi, World RX managing director at IMG Motorsport, remarked: “It's a great honour to have Mattias at our official press day at Franciacorta, and of course we are delighted that Pontus has also confirmed he will also join us in 2014. With the addition of Mattias and Pontus, we now have the most diverse set of drivers in any motorsport championship in the world. We've got champions from F1, WRC, Formula Drift, X Games, BTCC and now we have DTM and Junior World Rally champions to add into the mix.
"It will be interesting to see how the Audi S1 Supercar fares on the grid too; now all the elements are in place for an unforgettable inaugural season.”