Ott Tanak says he is ready to have some fun at Rally Sweden in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS, calling the round his favourite event on the WRC calendar.

The Estonian driver notched up his best result of last season, a fifth place finish, in last year's Swedish rally. Tanak competed as M-Sport's third driver which meant he was ineligible to score manufacturers points.

"I've only done this rally twice before so I am not as experienced as some of the other drivers, but it is definitely one of my favourite events in the championship," Tanak said. "The stages are so fast and flowing and really smooth so it's always a lot of fun to drive in Sweden."

"We aim to have a clean, fast run and to most importantly enjoy it. The conditions look really nice at the moment so I hope that it stays like this. I think the key is to have a good test and get a good feeling before the rally. If we can be relaxed and get into a good rhythm early on then it could be a good event for us."

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The 27-year-old was promoted to one of M-Sport's primary drivers for the start of the season but had a frustrating 2015 season-opener at Rallye Monte Carlo, when the Estonian crashed on SS10 after sliding down a steep embankment while running in fourth place.

The M-Sport driver was able to continue after being helped back into the rally by a number of spectators but dropped out of the points-paying positions, eventually finishing 18th.

Tanak is looking to put the disappointment of Rallye Monte-Carlo behind him at the event which throws up a unique set of challenges along with his co-driver Raigo Molder.

"The snow banks can provide quite a lot of support - although you have to be careful not to lean too hard - and there is also a lot of grip from the studded tyres," he said. "But the lines are very narrow and that's arguably the most difficult part. You need to make sure that you stay in the lines and go with the flow because if you find yourself on fresh snow, outside of those lines, it's really slippery.

"I'm really looking forward to next week. It's a real adrenaline rush driving these fast stages and I can't wait to get out there and have some fun!"

Rally Sweden commences on Thursday evening (12 February) from Karlstad and finished on Sunday (15 February). Last year's Swedish rally was won by Volkswagen Motorsport driver Jari-Matti Latvala.