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Tidemand stays in WRC 2, gets Ostberg's former co-driver

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Tidemand stays in WRC 2, gets Ostberg's former co-driver
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Dec 5, 2015, 10:34 AM

Skoda driver Pontus Tidemand has officially announced he will be partnered by co-driver Jonas Andersson in 2016 in what is set to be his second full WRC 2 campaign.

Pontus Tidemand and Emil Axelsson, Skoda Motorsport Skoda Fabia R5
Pontus Tidemand and Emil Axelsson, Skoda Motorsport Skoda Fabia R5
Mads Ostberg and Jonas Andersson, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg and Jonas Andersson, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team

Tidemand, who turns 25 on Thursday, was the 2013 Junior WRC champion and won this year's Asia-Pacific Rally title for Skoda.

Partnered by Emil Axelsson en route to the APRC crown - and during the 2015 WRC 2 campaign that yielded a win in Catalunya - Tidemand will now work with Andersson instead.

"Emil and I have had a terrific year and his knowledge has been an important factor in our success so obviously it is sad that it ends here," Tidemand said.

38-year-old Andersson was a long-time co-driver to WRC's Mads Ostberg, but will not follow the Norwegian from Citroen to M-Sport, instead having been signed on by EVEN Management.

"I needed new challenges so it was a perfect opportunity for me when the position with Pontus became available," Andersson said. "We will definitely aim for the top and I think we are strong candidates for the overall WRC 2 title in 2016."

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