Toyota Motorsport has continued its preparations for its highly-anticipated return to the World Rally Championship scene by signing Teemu Suninen to its junior driver development squad.

The Japanese manufacturer's planned WRC return in 2017 is beginning to take shape as the Finn driver joins Eric Camilli at Toyota and will also help develop the Yaris WRC alongside the experienced pair of Stephane Sarrazin and Sebastian Lindholm.

The 21-year-old made his rallying debut just two years ago and claimed the Fiesta Sport trophy title in his native homeland last season.

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Suninen announced himself on the global rally stage after taking victory on his WRC 3 debut with DMACK Racing in Finland and is tipped to be rally star of the future.

"Toyota has such a strong reputation and history in rally, it's a great honour to be selected to be a part of their return," Suninen said. "I can't wait to get started, I will give my maximum to repay the faith shown in me.

"My target is to learn as much as possible, because I am still early in my rally career. I want to grow with the team and I'm looking forward to working alongside St?phane, Sebastian and Eric. There is a positive and professional atmosphere within the team which is very motivating."

The 21-year-old is set to compete in the WRC 3 category this season, while Camilli will contest WRC 2, with both driving for French team Oreca Racing.

The duo will drive in the majority of the European rounds on the WRC calendar, beginning in Portugal followed by Italy, Finland, Germany and France, while Camilli will continue on to Spain.