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French driver Stephane Le­feb­vre has set his sights on re­turn­ing to com­pe­ti­tion be­fore the end of the year fol­low­ing his shock­ing Rally Germany crash.

While the Citroen man has left hospi­tal and is now re­cov­er­ing at home, his co-driver Gabin Moreau has un­der­gone a sec­ond op­er­a­tion and re­mains in hospi­tal in Stras­bourg.

The pair were in­jured when their DS 3 WRC hit a series of hinkel­steins and then a tree – the cars dat­a­log­ger re­vealed an im­pact speed of 103mph. The en­gine was ripped from the car in the ac­ci­dent and Le­feb­vre suf­fered bro­ken ribs and a burst lung, while Moreau was left with a bro­ken left hand and foot and frac­tured right tibia.

Le­feb­vre said: “When my lower back is strong enough again, I’ll be able to start work­ing on spe­cific phys­io­ther­apy ses­sions with Citroen Rac­ing’s os­teopath. I hope to be in Cor­sica just to ob­serve the event. That will al­low me to spend time with the team be­fore con­sid­er­ing when I’ll be back in ac­tion at a rally. The aim is to drive com­pet­i­tively again be­fore the end of the sea­son.

“Go­ing back home was a key step for me. I stopped us­ing the crutches to walk very quickly and can now get around eas­ily enough, even though I still have some pain in my ribs. To keep my­self busy, I took out a cable TV sub­scrip­tion and I’ve been spend­ing time on a driv­ing sim­u­la­tor.”

Moreau is hop­ing to be moved to a re­cov­ery cen­tre in the near fu­ture. He added: “My progress has been quick since the op­er­a­tion, which in­volved re­mov­ing the pins that had been put in place in Germany. Ob­vi­ously, I can’t put any weight on my foot as yet, but I have been able to be­gin mov­ing around whilst tak­ing the right pre­cau­tions. As soon as I’m suf­fi­ciently in­de­pen­dent again, I’ll be able to spend a few days at home. Af­ter that, I’ll con­tinue my re­cov­ery in a spe­cial­ist cen­tre. The whole process will take sev­eral weeks, so it’ll prob­a­bly take a bit longer than Stephane, but we are both de­ter­mined to start work­ing to­gether again as soon as pos­si­ble.”

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