Kris Meeke says he is hopeful that his outing on Rally Finland next month will be the pre-cursor to further appearances in the World Rally Championship before the end of the year.
Meeke will replace Khalid Al-Qassimi in the Abu Dhabi Citroen Total World Rally Team for the event in what will be his maiden competitive appearance at the wheel of the DS3 WRC. It will also be his first outing in the series since losing his seat with the MINI WRC Team.
The 33-year-old has previously tested the Citroen so does have some prior experience of the car, and he admitted that he would be competing to a target in Finland to achieve the aims set out for him.
“We'll sit down with Yves [Matton - Citroen boss] and Khalid over the next few weeks to come up with a strategy for me to follow,” he told the official WRC website. “Everyone knows where I am in terms of experience, they have been there many times with new drivers and know what to expect from me. There will be a clear plan to follow and it will be up to me to try and stick to it.
“Certainly Finland is a massive challenge, but its one that I'm relishing. I've been fighting and fighting for an opportunity again for a long time and I can't wait.”
Meeke added that he was hopeful that a strong performance in Finland could be the catalyst for further appearances later in the season, with his focus on trying to secure a place in the field again for 2014.
“I'm working on that all the time. I want to do as many rallies as possible, whether that is in the WRC or the European Championship,” he said. “Obviously WRC is the pinnacle - that's where I want to try to get to again.
“At the moment this is a one-off appearance. It's up to me to try and make the most of it, and try to create more interest around myself and the team. If there is ever an opportunity to do something again certainly I'll be interested.”