Kris Meeke admits he can't wait to hit the track this weekend for his outing with Albatec Racing in the Rallycross De Lohéac in Brittany.
Meeke will drive a Peugeot 208 for the team in the latest round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship having enjoyed a successful test with Andy Scott's outfit earlier in the year.
The Northern Irishman will be eager to make an impression in the event as he goes up against former WRC rivals Sebastien Loeb
and Petter Solberg
amongst others, with the 34-year-old then turning his focus back to his outing on Rally Australia with Citroen.
“I can't wait,” Meeke said. “Obviously a lot has happened for me in between but it's all been good. I've had a good competitive run on Rally Finland and some tests so for sure I hope to be really sharp when I arrive in Loheác. I've been speaking a lot with the team finalising all the preparations, not only with the car, but in rallycross the communication between the driver and engineer is important.
"Everything is new to me but I can't wait, it's going to be an exciting time, I think the atmosphere is already starting to build."
“The highlight is without doubt going to be the adrenaline when you're sitting on the grid with four or five cars with 600bhp all gunning for the first corner," he added. "It's definitely going to be important to remain calm and focus on what we learnt at the test and try and do a good consistent job throughout the weekend.
“I was really happy with the car, and happy with the team, and I'm as prepared as anyone can be for their first race. But these guys who race week in week out have a lot of experience in a race situation, racing with the other guys offers a different dimension. I think we have a good car and good speed to set quick lap times but in the races you need to be clever and it remains to be seen if we can convert that to results.”