Britain's Kris Meeke will replace Dani Sordo on Rally Australia next month, Citroen has announced.

Meeke impressed in Finland recently and in his first outing in the DS3 WRC was immediately on the pace, comprehensively outperforming fellow Citroen man Sordo to run fifth before rolling out of the event on the penultimate test.

Khalid Al-Qassimi hinted last week that the former MINI man could be handed a second chance, however, it was expected that would be with the Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT.

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It has now been confirmed though, that he will team up with Mikko Hirvonen when the sport heads 'down under' from September 13-15, running for the full works squad, under the Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team banner.

"We [Chris Patterson, my co-driver and I] are really very happy that Citroen have put their faith in us again after our performance at Rally Finland," said Meeke.

"For us, this is an incredible opportunity to take part in the rally as part of Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team alongside Mikko and Jarmo, and we are determined to give of our best."

Citroen boss Yves Matton meanwhile said that while it was a difficult decision to drop Sordo, he felt it was in the best interests of the team.

Sordo will sit out Rally Australia 'in order to try and take a step back and find some form on gravel away from the pressure'.

"We have to acknowledge that we have had better seasons," Matton conceded. "It is difficult to take decisions like this, but sometimes you have to change something to reenergise the team and get back to winning ways. This decision, which was made with Dani, will allow us to work on our difficulties and move in the right direction. Kris showed what he could do in Finland with an excellent performance and high motivation levels. So we instinctively turned to him to take over in Australia."

It is not the first time Citroen have dropped Sordo. The Spaniard was dumped at the end of 2010 and replaced by Sebastien Ogier. He was then re-hired at the end of last year, following Sebastien Loeb's decision to end his full-time WRC career.