Youngster Pierre Campana will make his debut in the World Rally Championship proper in Germany next month at the wheel of a MINI John Cooper Works and will also contest his home round of the season in France later in the year.

Campana will enter the two events under the Team Drive Pro banner with support from Prodrive and the FFSA, which has named the 25-year-old as leader of its Rally Team France 2011 programme.

Campana will test the car in France later this month before entering the Richard Burns Memorial Rally as part of his preparations for the German outing.

"I am very proud to have been chosen by the FFSA to wear the colours of Rally Team France," he said. "For me it's a great leap forward in my rally career and I cannot wait to begin this exciting new chapter. It will be a big challenge but one which I am confident I can contest to a high level and with complete focus and motivation.

"To be driving a MINI John Cooper Works WRC car is an incredible thought and I will do all I can to uphold the reputation of all these legendary brands. I am incredibly thankful to the FFSA for giving me this incredible honour and would also like to extend my thanks to Drive-Pro for giving me this opportunity.

"I can't wait for the test to get underway at Al?s-C?vennes tomorrow. I am keeping my expectations realistic, though, because this will be my first WRC participation since Tour de Corse three years ago. I was not in last year's event at Alsace and this will be my first ever WRC Germany, so I will have plenty to learn in a short space of time. I am going to soak up every minute of this experience and just do my best along this great new journey which has been laid in front of me."

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