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Meeke out to 'finish the job' in Australia
8 September 2013
Britain's Kris Meeke has set his sights on 'finishing the job' on Rally Australia next weekend, although he concedes it is not going to be easy and that being promoted to the works team is a 'big responsibility'.
Meeke put in a brilliant performance in Finland last month and in his first outing in the DS3 WRC was immediately on the pace, comprehensively outperforming fellow Citroen man Dani Sordo to run fifth before rolling out of the event on the penultimate test.
He has now been handed a second chance at the wheel of the DS3 WRC – at the expense of Sordo - and is more than aware of just what is at stake, as Citroen boss, Yves Matton ponders his driver line-up for 2014.
“The end result at my last rally was frustrating, but I'm heading for Australia to finish the job!” Meeke confirmed ahead of round ten in the 2013 World Rally Championship. “It's a big responsibility to be promoted to the works team [alongside Mikko Hirvonen], and I have to finish the rally in a good position to score points for Citroen. I'm not expecting it to be an easy week.”
“This is my first time in Australia – in fact, this is my first WRC rally outside of Europe! But I know I can count on the support of the team and on the qualities of the DS3 WRC. I feel almost as though I'm part of this car and I can't wait to get out there in it on the Australian roads!” he added.
Khalid Al-Qassimi meanwhile will also be in action for Citroen, running under the Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT banner. Al-Qassimi has competed twice before in Australia, and recorded his best ever result in the WRC in 2011 when he finished fifth in Coffs Harbour.
“It's a very enjoyable rally in terms of driving. The roads seem quite natural for me, more so than those in Germany, in any case! I hope we can reproduce the kind of performance we achieved here two years ago, but above all I would like to see a DS3 WRC on the top step of the podium!” he stated.
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