Welshman Elfyn Evans won the opening round of the World Rally Championship's principal support series (WRC 2) in Monte Carlo.
Evans, alongside fellow countryman, co-driver Craig Parry ended the event eighth overall.
The 27-year-old is competing in the opening two rounds of the second tier of the World Rally Championship.
He was not selected as one of M-Sport's main drivers for next season's Championship.
Dolgellau-born Evans finished the 2015 Championship season seventh overall.
But M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson signed Citroen driver Mads Ostberg and young talent Eric Camilli as his main drivers for 2016.