By taking victory in last year’s WRC Academy, the FIA’s young driver category, Evans, 24, earned himself a five-round WRC programme in a 4WD car this year.
Graduating from the two-wheel drive Fiesta R2 he campaigned in 2012, Evans will take the wheel of an M-Sport run Ford Fiesta RRC when he makes his WRC season debut in Portugal next month, where he and co-driver Daniel Barritt will compete in the WRC 2 category.
The youngster will return to the WRC 2 series with M-Sport’s latest challenger – the Ford Fiesta R5 – when it is released later in the year.
Evans’ Fiesta will carry full Qatar M-Sport team livery, and will be run from the team’s service area alongside the Ford Fiesta RS WRCs of Mads Østberg, Evgeny Novikov, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Thierry Neuville.
“Nowhere else could a young driver hope for such an opportunity and I am really looking forward to starting the season and developing my career with the team,” said Evans.
“Elfyn is a talented driver with a promising career ahead of him,” added M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson. “Elfyn started rallying with the Ford Fiesta ST when he contested the FordFiesta SportTrophy series in 2007 and has grown with the Fiesta R2 through the WRC Academy.
“He’ll now progress to the Ford Fiesta RRC – and eventually the Fiesta R5 – and I am sure it won’t be long until we see him challenging for results at the highest level.”
Rally Portugal marks the start of this season’s championship for young drivers, which has been re-named the FIA Junior WRC Championship.
FIA WRC Manager, Michele Mouton, said: “Once again we are seeing how the FIA’s junior series is developing young drivers and giving them the opportunity to make that step in to the FIA World Rally Championship. We all wish Elfyn the best of luck with his career.”