Stephane Lefebvre will make his competitive World Rally Car debut on Rallye Deutschland this coming week, piloting a third DS 3 WRC alongside Citroen regulars Kris Meeke and Mads Osberg.

The young Frenchman, who is mentored by WRC legend, Sebastien Loeb, won the FIA Junior WRC and WRC3 titles last year in a DS 3 R3

This season, in addition to competing in WRC 2 with a DS 3 R5 and a DS 3 RRC, he is also due to do at least two full-WRC outings, his first coming up in Germany.

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Speaking ahead of the event, he said he is looking forward to it, but trying not to put too much pressure on himself.

"I have, of course, been thinking about this event since the start of the year, although I never became fixated on this date. I'm trying not to put any extra pressure on myself," he confirmed.

"I see it as another step forward as I progress towards competing with the top drivers. The aim is to start well with the DS 3 WRC and get as many miles as I can under my belt. If the conditions are right and I feel good, then I'll try and show what I can do!"

Lefebvre recently got to test the DS 3 WRC as part Citroen's preparations for the event and was happy with how he got on.

"I really enjoyed getting to grips with the DS 3 WRC during my first runs in testing," added the 23-year-old, who won the WRC2 event in Monte Carlo back in January. "This is not the first time that Citroen Racing has given a driver a debut in a WRC, so I felt like I had plenty of support and encouragement from the team whilst learning about rallying at this level."

Meanwhile, Citroen boss Yves Matton also underlined that the most important thing is to learn: "This will be another opportunity for Stephane to keep on learning.

"This first appearance in a DS 3 WRC shows that the formula offered by Citroen Racing works. Sixteen months ago, he made his World Championship debut in a DS 3 R3. He has worked hard to get to where he is today. A totally new challenge now lies ahead for him."