Reigning WRC2 champion Pontus Tidemand will remain with Skoda for the 2018 season but will be joined by a number of youngsters.

The biggest name being 17-year-old Kalle Rovanpera, who picked Skoda over a full-time campaign in a Fiesta R5, the car he drove when making his WRC2 debut in Wales and Australia last year.

He will be joined by regulars Tidemand and Jan Kopecky, as well as fellow rookies Ole Christian Veiby and 2015 Finnish junior champion Juuso Nordgren.

Skoda motorsport director Michal Hrabanek said “we are happy to keep Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecky on the team.

“Our youngsters Ole Christian Veiby and Juuso Nordgren already proved their talent.

“A new and equally talented addition to our team is Kalle Rovanpera. We are really looking forward to the WRC in 2018.”

Skoda is yet to confirm on which rallies its drivers will compete, but it’s expected Tidemand’s main focus will be on developing the Polo GTI R5, Volkswagen’s new WRC2 car.

Elsewhere, Toyota young drivers Takamoto Katsuta and Hiroki Arai will continue with Tommi Makinen Racing, in Fiesta R5s.