Citroen has confirmed that it will field two PH Sport-run DS3s in next month's Monte Carlo Rally for Kris Meeke and Stephane Lefebvre.
The news follows the announcement that Meeke will remain with Citroen on a new three-year contract, participating in selected events in 2016 before the French manufacturer returns as a works outfit in 2017 with a new car.
January's curtain-raising Monte Carlo Rally will be the first of these, where Meeke will be joined by rising French star Lefebvre in a pair of DS3s entered under the 'Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team' banner.
“Being able to contest a certain number of rallies in 2016 was important when deciding about my future,” said Meeke.
"This programme will enable me to keep my hand in as regards racing and continue to learn about the WRC events.
"From that point of view, it seemed essential to compete at Monte-Carlo. It is such an unpredictable rally, where experience counts more than anywhere else.
"I can’t wait to get back into the car for pre-event testing to prepare for this first race.”
While the exact make-up of Meeke's 2016 programme has still yet to be confirmed, it was also announced that the Ulsterman will be present at Rally Sweden alongside long-time Citroen driver Khalid Al-Qassimi and Peugeot ERC convert Craig Breen.
PH Sport said that "between one and three cars" will be entered in the rounds it decides to compete in, with Lefebvre, Al-Qassimi and Breen all in line for further outings.