The position of Stéphane Lefebvre in the heart of Citroën Racing is quite complex. Usual discard in the rotation, that makes the French brand in every rally in the WRC, many placed to Lefebvre as a pilot for development of the new Citroën C3 R5. For the moment, the frenchman is behind Craig Breen the result of the great season that is picking the irish, as well as behind Kris Meeke and Andreas Mikkelsen for a simple matter of gallons. The signings that you can undertake Citroen in the market of pilots make still more complicated the situation of Lefebvre within the team.
For this reason, the participation of Stéphane Lefebvre in the Rally Vinho Madeira grew as a great opportunity to turn the page and enjoy with the Citroën DS3 R5 of the injured Pedro Fontes. However, even that has gone well to a Lefebvre who has had a rally to forget. In fact, in the urban stretch to open the test to the Portuguese audience, Stéphane Lefebvre suffered a puncture that prevented him from starting off with a good time. Already in the next stage, and when I had just reached the third stretch, his Citroën DS3 R5 accused a transmission problem.
despite his bad fortune, the couple formed by Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau decided to reenlist test her face last stage, a decision that also allowed the duo French since two sections after taking the exit, had to go back to leave, this time permanently. Something similar has happened to the Norwegian Mads Ostberg. After leading the Rally Rzseszow of the ERC with his Ford Fiesta R5, a problem of power steering will be left out of the fight. A puncture after hitting a rock in SS6 and damage in the direction left him out of the race.