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JWRC: Ogier to do Wales Rally GB in C4 WRC.

As expected, recently crowned Junior World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier will make his debut in a World Rally Car on December's season ending Wales Rally GB, when he competes in a Citroen C4 WRC.

Ogier, who was sensational in 2008 in his debut year in the Junior World Rally Championship and who clinched the J-WRC title on the Rallye de France-Tour de Corse earlier this month, has got the opportunity thanks to the continued support of Citroen itself and the FFSA - Federation Française du Sport Automobile, France's motorsport governing body.

His C4 car will be run by PH Sport with the assistance of technicians from Citroen Sport Technologies - the same way the cars campaigned by Conrad Rautenbach and Urmo Aava have been run in 2008.

"This is a great opportunity; in fact, it's more an early Christmas present," said Ogier. "Once again, I would like to thank Citroen and the FFSA for their confidence.

"I am perfectly aware of how fortunate I am. The Wales Rally GB is one of the most complex rounds of the season and I will tackle it cautiously, with humility and with the intention of learning."

Ogier's C4 WRC car will feature a similar livery to that of his C2 Super 1600 and will sport the colours of the FFSA, Total and, of course, Citroen.

Speaking following the announcement, Citroen boss Olivier Quesnel noted that the drive was a reward for Ogier's dominance this year in the J-WRC.

"Spotting and grooming talented young drivers is an integral part of Citroen's approach to motor sport," he explained. "There is no finer example of this than the rise to fame of Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, and their status today as multiple World Champions.

"This year, we chose to support the programme of Sebastien Ogier in the Junior World Championship which is a first class springboard to the premier category. Sebastien's score of three wins from seven starts helped him achieve the objective he was set, and he ended up making sure of the title in Corsica. As a reward for his results, and in association with the FFSA, we have decided to enter a C4 WRC for him on the 2008 Wales Rally GB."

As for 2009, Quesnel added that Ogier's programme for next season has still to be finalised: "Nothing has yet been decided concerning 2009," he continued. "The Wales Rally GB will give us a chance to see how Sebastien performs in a WRC car and will give him another opportunity to show what he can do.

"To be sure he feels under no pressure, all I ask of him is that he gets as many kilometres under his belt as possible. It will be down to him to demonstrate his ability to adapt. After that, we will look together to see what openings there might be for his future."


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