M-Sport team boss Malcolm Wilson has confirmed Elfyn Evans will return to the WRC before the end of this season.
Evans said last month after Rally Finland that he had no more scheduled events in the World Rally Championship, but on the back of his success in the British Rally Championship, the Welshman secured the title on the Ulster Rally
last weekend after winning, Wilson has revealed the 27-year-old will run again at the top level - albeit in WRC2.
Evans still has a chance of winning this year's WRC2 title, although Teemu Suinen is only two points behind, and Esapekka Lappi has also closed - the gap down to 13 points - after winning last weekend's Rally Deutschland. Suinen and Lappi also both have two points' scoring events left, to Evans' one.
“They'll [Evans and co-driver Craig Parry] be back in the World Rally Championship before the end of the season," Wilson confirmed.
“We just need to assess the events and determine which will give them the best shot of securing another championship this year.”
Meanwhile, Evans said he was delighted to have secured the British Rally Championship title with one event remaining.
“It feels really good to win the BRC title in style but it was a difficult event and hard to concentrate on the job in hand. The rally was really tough, probably the hardest of the season with the weather changing all the time. To win the rally and the championship is very special, especially as it was 20 years since my father was champion,” he added.