Teenage prodigy Kalle Rovanpera is set to make his WRC debut at Rally Great Britain and will back that up with a drive at Rally Australia in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta.

The 16-year-old Finn turns 17 on October 1 and will complete his driver's license test the following day, opening the doors to a WRC debut.

The son of WRC rally winner Harri Rovanpera has long been viewed as a future star of the sport and will get his first opportunity to showcase those skills with M-Sport.

"He's about the same as Jari-Matti [Latvala] was when he first came," M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson told Autosport, "and there's always something really exciting about seeing these young guys progress.


"Having him with us for GB and Australia is fantastic news - he's going to be a real talking point on the last two rounds of this year's world championship."

Rovanpera has been shortlisted for Hyundai's young driver programme next season but has spoken to Wilson about a part-time drive with the Ford outfit in 2018.