Kris Meeke will start 2016 competing on the Monte-Carlo Rally in January, but next year will be different for the Tyrone man who will contest an unspecified number of European rounds driving a DS 3 World Rally Car for the Citroën-backed Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team.
At the same time he will work with Citroën Racing to develop their all-new car that will be introduced in 2017.
Meeke heads into another wrc season of the back of securing a three year deal with the French manufacturer.
He told wrc.com, "With next year's calendar now including the extra event in China, certainly between August and November there's hardly time to breathe - even if you're just competing. And that's going to be the most critical time in the development phase of the new cars because everyone will be getting them ready,".
"As much as I can't let experience go, and want to do as many events as possible, doing a partial programme in 2016 could be the ideal scenario. It will give us time to breathe and focus all our efforts on building the new car for 2017 while still using the events in 2016 to keep sharp and build experience."
The Monte-Carlo rally takes place from 18th to 24th January 2016.