Evgeny Novikov will make his debut for the Citroen Junior Team on the Rally Norway this coming weekend.
Novikov, who is just 18-years-old, competed in the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship last year, taking his best - and only points' scoring result of the season on the Rally Japan when he finished second in class and eleventh overall.
Now he is about to embark on an eight event campaign with the Citroen C4 WRC and his main objective in Hamar will be to gain the maximum possible experience at the wheel of his new steed.
Citroen Junior Team manager, Benoit Nogier meanwhile is convinced the Russian has lots of potential.
“We're delighted that he's going to be joining us. Evgeny is one of the big hopes of world motorsport, although he's still only 18 years old,” said Nogier. “We're very pleased that he has chosen to make his World Rally Car debut with us. His presence fits in entirely with the ethos of the Citroen Junior Team.
“We are looking for drivers of the future, in order to help them make an impact on the world stage.”
Asked what will be objective for the Citroen Junior Team in Norway, Nogier added that the main thing is for all three of his drivers' to complete the event and learn as much as possible.
“We want to give our three crews the chance to learn and gain as much experience as possible on a surface that we visit just once a year,” he added, echoing his sentiments pre-Ireland. “We also want to put in some strong performances if the right opportunity presents itself.
“Evgeny will be finding out how to drive a WRC car, while Sebastien [Ogier] will be competing on only his third rally with one and discovering the complexities of driving on snow.
“As for Conrad [Rautenbach], he only has one Swedish Rally behind him so far in his career. So we have to be realistic about our prospects.
“Luckily, we can rely on the knowledge gained by the Citroen Total World Rally Team in the past, so we can begin the event with a good base set up. We're not exactly starting from zero.”