Wednesday | 10 Dec 2014

Lefebvre earns World Rally Car reward

FIA Junior champion Stéphane Lefebvre will drive a DS 3 World Rally Car in at least two WRC rounds next season.

The Frenchman will contest all 10 European rounds, six in a R5 car in WRC 2 as his prize for dominating this year’s JWRC.

He will drive a World Rally Car in two rallies and either an R5 or WRC car in two more. Citroen has not confirmed which version Lefebvre will drive on each event and his programme could be extended to include long-haul rounds.

Lefebvre lifted the junior title at the first attempt after winning three of the opening four rounds.

“I had given myself two years to win the FIA Junior WRC,” he said. “The events call for a lot of experience. It wasn’t easy, but we managed to be quick and kept out of trouble.”

Stéphane Lefebvre - lifted the JWRC title in France

“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,” he added.

Lefebvre is treading a familiar path. Sébastien Loeb, Dani Sordo and Sébastien Ogier all won the junior category with Citroen before moving onto greater things.

“Since it was first set up, our team has looked to take talented young drivers to the upper echelons of the sport,” said Citroën Racing team principal Yves Matton.

“Stéphane 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."

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