Stephane Lefebvre has been handed his second opportunity in the WRC with Citroen for Rallye de France after getting heads turning with his tenth place finish on debut in the premier category last time out at Rallye Deutschland.

The young Frenchman, who won the FIA Junior WRC and WRC3 titles last year before graduating into WRC2 for 2015, gradually upped his pace with the DS3 WRC machine and posted 16 top-ten stages times in Germany, with a highlight of second quickest in SS12.

Citroen Team Principal Yves Matton expressed his delight in the 23-year-old's result in Germany and is keen to promote the French driver in his burgeoning rally career.

"Stephane produced the sort of performance we had been expecting. I'd even go as far as to say that he slightly exceeded the goals we had set for him," Matton said. "Focussed and committed from start to finish, he improved his out-and-out speed, whilst also showing an encouraging level of technical awareness.

"In light of this, and in accordance with his programme which included two rallies in the DS3 WRC, he will be taking part in the Tour de Corse in the same car. He will therefore hopefully be able to make use of his first experience on tarmac in Germany and pick up where he left off."

Lefebvre, who is mentored by WRC legend Sebastien Loeb, says although it is his home event the challenges of Tour de Corse are a complete contrast to what he grew up with but still relishes the challenge.

"It's a rally that will be new for all the WRC drivers, but I have actually competed here twice before in small cars and so I know what to expect," Lefebvre said. "For me, as someone who comes from the north of France, the profile of the Corsican roads is the exact opposite of the roads I know best.

"I can already imagine how much fun it will be to drive on these stages in the DS 3 WRC I think that the main difficulty will lie in finding the limits of the car on a surface with a very high level of grip."

The French driver will take part in the recce for Rally Australia (10-13 September) with Citroen before heading back to Europe for a pre-event test for Tour de Corse on the 1-4 October.



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