Evgeny Novikov is to miss the 2014 World Rally Championship season after it was confirmed that he has been able to agree terms on a deal to return to the series next year.

The Russian driver finished seventh in the standings this season after a difficult campaign with the M-Sport team, where he failed to build on the podium finishes he had secured in 2012 and could only take a best finish of fourth.

Novikov's future had been in doubt following the final round of the season in Wales, with M-Sport making no mention of the 23-year-old when it confirmed it would run Mikko Hirvonen, Elfyn Evans and Robert Kubica next year.

It has now been confirmed that Novikov has been unable to conclude a deal with M-Sport - or any other team - for a full campaign in 2014, with the youngster instead facing the prospect of contesting only selected events next year.

"We have been negotiating with different teams, but failed to agree terms," Novikov's Russian backer Michael Lepekhov said.

"We do not exclude the possibility of Evgeny participating in some races, but we are not talking about the full participation in the World Rally Championship in 2014."



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