Pontus Tidemand will participate in the first two 2019 WRC rounds – Monte Carlo and Sweden – with a Ford Fiesta WRC. The 28-year-old Swedish driver will run for M-Sport. During the past four years he was a part of the Skoda Motorsport team. Earlier this week he also left his management since seven years – Even Management. Together they have three international titles: Junior World Champion, Asia-Pacific Rally Champion and WRC 2 Champion.
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“I want nothing but to reach my dream to one day become world champion. And that means I have to step away from the safe path and do everything in my power to move forward”, said Tidemand.
Now Malcolm Wilson gives Tidemand a chance to drive in the 2019 championship
“We have found a great solution and I’m so grateful that Malcolm offers me this opportunity. In Monte-Carlo, focus will be on the experience, to get a feel for the car and get to know the team before Rally Sweden. There I really want to be as well prepared as possible and be able to fight for real”, commented the driver.
“My previous experiences from the team and the car are great and it feels like a positive thing to have good results behind even though much has happened with the cars since then. M-Sport are professional all the way and I know they will hand me all the tools I need to be able to perform my best.”
“I’m glad to be back behind the wheel of a WRC car and most of all that this is made possible with the support from Malcolm and my local partners. That has been a big goal for me and what we have worked for since the last rally of the season. Now I feel more than ready to tackle new challenges.”