Former Citroen and Subaru factory team driver Xavier 'Xevi' Pons will return to the World Rally Championship in 2010, driving a Ford Fiesta S2000 in the new WRC Cup.

The Spaniard, 29, is the second big name driver to announce a WRC comeback this month, and will go head to head with former Skoda team driver Janne Tuohino, who will tackle the series in a similar car.

Pons will drive for a new team headed by Luis Moya, the former championship winning co-driver who won 24 WRC rallies alongside Carlos Sainz. The team, backed by the Nupel pharmaceutical company, will also run Fiesta S2000s and Fiesta R2s in the Spanish championship.

"We expect to make a formal announcement soon, but for now I can confirm that Xevi will do seven WRC rallies next year in the Fiesta S2000," Moya told "His first event will be Mexico, and he will definitely do the rallies in Jordan and New Zealand. We'll announce more details later on."

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