The M-Sport Ford WRC Team confirmed on Friday that Jourdan Serderidis will drive the Ford Fiesta EccoBoost for the German and Australian rounds of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship.

Serderidis who made his WRC debut in 2013 commented on the news by saying:

I am extremely pleased to be back with M-Sport – the reigning World Champions – and even more so with the latest Ford Fiesta WRC which is the best car you can drive in rally nowadays.

“I perfectly understand the chance I have and I will make the necessary efforts and preparation to make the most of the opportunity. 

“Considering these two rallies, I hope to secure a top-fifteen place in Germany and a top-ten place in Australia which represents a reasonable target for me. 

“I hope to have a lot of fun behind the wheel of this car, but always in respect of the team’s advice. I must thank Malcom Wilson for granting this unique opportunity and also my partners – ALD Automotive, Fleetback and Kroon Oil – who will be supporting me in 2018.

M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson commented on the news by saying:

It will be great to see Jourdan back in the M-Sport service area this year, and I am sure he is looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Fiesta WRC.

“Our clients have always been at the heart of our business, and we’re extremely proud of the fact that we are able to offer these unique opportunities. Jourdan will drive the exact same car as five-time World Champion Sébastien Ogier and have all the same tools and information at his disposal.

“Knowing how hard Jourdan works – and how much experience he has at this level – I have no doubt that he will put absolutely everything into these drives. And our aim is to help him secure his first FIA World Rally Championship points with a new-generation world rally car

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