Former Ford and Citroen factory driver Mads Ostberg will contest the majority of the 2017 World Rally Championship in a private entry.

The 29-year-old Norwegian has joined forces with long-time WRC privateer Martin Prokop of the Czech Republic to form a two-car team that will contest the championship from the second round in Sweden.

Both Ostberg and Prokop will run 2017-spec Ford Fiestas this year but will skip this month's season-opening event in Monte Carlo.

Ostberg, who drove for M-Sport Ford as a factory driver in 2016, has finished on the podium in Sweden five of the past six years.

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Ostberg and Prokop will enter their own cars but will have to be under the M-Sport umbrella according to the new 2017 rules.