The Skoda Motorsport World Rally team has revealed that a new face will be joining the outfit in 2005, when Joan Sureda takes over from Antonio Rodriguez as team manager.

Sureda, like Rodriguez, will be familiar to many people from his days as assistant team manager at SEAT Sport. Sureda is no stranger to the current WRC having been a regular competitor, co-driving for Ferran Font and, in 2002, Paco Roig.

Skoda meanwhile also announced that Armin Schwarz will have a new co-driver next year.

Schwarz will be re-united with Klaus Wicha, the 44-year old German with whom he contested 20 WRC events between 1989-1996.

The other driver/co-driver pairings at Skoda will be: Alex Bengue-Caroline Escudero, Jani Paasonen-Jani Vainikka, Janne Tuohino-Mikko Markkula, Mattias Ekstrom-Stefan Bergman and Jan Kopeck?-Filip Schov?nek.