The Prodrive WRC Team will run Jarkko Nikara in a MINI WRC car on Rally Sweden in February, it has been announced.

Nikara impressed at the end of last season, and on his debut with Prodrive and the MINI WRC in Spain, the 2012 World Rally Championship season finale, he finished an impressive fifth overall, even though it was his first competitive outing in a World Rally Car.

Prodrive, business development director, Richard Taylor, is hopeful the Finn will do a good job again in Sweden.

"Nikara's mature performance on the tarmac in Spain was even more extraordinary given it wasn't his favourite surface and that he only had 50km of testing in the MINI prior to the event," Taylor remarked.

"He clearly has a great deal of talent and if he can continue from where he left off in Spain, I am sure he can produce another great result."

Nikara will run in Sweden alongside the Motorsport Italia MINI WRC car of Michal Kosciuszko.

Meanwhile, it was previously announced that the Mentos team would start their WRC2 campaign in Sweden in the MINI S2000. They will now start their campaign in Portugal, round four of the series.