Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced that Kristian Sohlberg will join the team in 2004, linking up with Gilles Panizzi, when the outfit returns to the FIA World Rally Championship, following their sabbatical in 2003.

Sohlberg, who finished second in last year's FIA Production Car World Rally Championship for drivers, will drive on selected events.

"It is very good for me to be part of a works team finally and I am very happy to be joining Mitsubishi," said Sohlberg. "I hope to get some good results with the team next year."

Sven Quandt, president and head of motor sport at MMSP added: "Gilles has so much experience and he is also a good test driver, while Kristian drove some very good rallies this year and I feel he is quite an all-rounder.

"I think he can be quite successful next season. Kristian will share our second WRC car. We will split the driving between a number of young guys and the best will probably get more rallies towards the end of the season."