New WRC3 Champion Stephane Lefebvre will contest at least two rounds of the 2014 World Rally Championship in a Citroen DS3 WRC next season as part of a larger programme that will see him contest the WRC2 class.

The young Frenchman followed in the footsteps of countrymen Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier by clinching the Junior World Rally Championship as part of his equally-successful WRC3 campaign, winning three of the five rallies he contested.

Rewarded with a full six-round campaign in the WRC2 Championship at the wheel of a DS3 R5, Citroen says Lefebvre will also partake in four additional events over the course of 2015, at least two of which will see him driving the full WRC specification DS3.

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Having driven the DS3 R5 on two WRC2 events towards the end of 2014, Lefebvre is looking forward to getting to grips with the faster WRC car.

"I had given myself two years to win the FIA Junior WRC," recalled St?phane. "I knew that it would be a major challenge to get to grips with the World Championship. The events call for a lot of experience. It wasn't easy, but we managed to be quick and kept out of trouble.

"I have set myself the same goals for 2015. After a couple of run-outs with the DS 3 R5 in Spain and Wales, we are going to work hard to improve and prepare for the step up to the DS 3 WRC. I'm very pleased that Citro?n Racing has put their faith in me. Yves Matton and his team are very close to the drivers. It's also an advantage to be able to learn in a team that has already won the World Championship eight times."

The latest in a long line of drivers that have tasted junior success with Citroen, Team Principal Yves Matton is confident Lefebvre has the ability to emulate those that came before him.

"Since it was first set up, our team has looked to take talented young drivers to the upper echelons of the sport. S?bastien Loeb is the most famous example of this, but he is not the only one. St?phane Lefebvre had a great season in 2014 with the DS 3 R3. It makes sense for us to support his progression with the DS 3 R5.

"He still has things to learn but we will do everything we can to help him take another step towards the elite level. He will therefore be taking part in at least two rallies in a DS 3 WRC. This programme, our involvement in the FIA Junior WRC and the Citro?n Racing Trophy series held in the various countries show how our brand is committed to the sport at all levels."