Former F1 racer Eliseo Salazar has been backed to score points on his debut in the World Rally Championship this weekend in Argentina by British ace Kris Meeke.

Salazar, who was famously involved in a clash with Nelson Piquet during the 1982 German Grand Prix that resulted in the Brazilian lashing out at Salazar on the side of the track, will be at the wheel of a MINI John Cooper Works WRC for the event.

Having worked with the Chilean in the run up to the event, Meeke said he saw no reason why the 57-year-old couldn't pick up a top ten finish and championship points from the weekend.

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"Even though he's nearly 60 and perhaps not at the cutting edge he still has that competitive instinct and there's no question that if he can get a clean run he can be in the points," Meeke was quoted by the official WRC website. "Argentina is such a difficult rally so that will be an incredible achievement but he's an accomplished guy who oozes class.

"When you check out his history he's been there and done it all. I had to point him in the right direction in a few areas during the test but it was simple to do that. He was a pleasure to work with."