M-Sport's Mads Ostberg will take part on the opening round of the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship, Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles, it has been announced.

The 28-year-old Norwegian will drive a Ford Fiesta R5 in the Canary Islands for what will be his ERC debut. He will be joined by his new co-driver for 2016 and fellow Norwegian Ola Floene.

"I am very pleased to welcome Mads Ostberg to the ERC for the first rally of our 2016 season. He has been one of the leading rally drivers in the world during the last few years and to have a driver of his calibre compete in the ERC shows the appeal of the championship," said ERC co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley.

"I am sure that the stages will provide a great challenge for Mads and Ola and the rest of the competitors, who will want to take their chance to stand out against world class opposition."

Ostberg has been competing in the WRC for the past 10 years and is third in the 2016 WRC standings after a recent podium finish in Sweden.

Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingl?s takes place from 10-12 March, the week following WRC Rally Mexico.