Kris Meeke delivered this weekend on Rallye Monte Carlo by taking his very first WRC podium, the first time a Brit has stood on the rostrum since 2003, when the late Colin McRae managed it - also in a Citroen and also on the Monte.

Meeke ran in the top-three in his Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT-run DS3 WRC from SS2 onwards and on day two and three posted top-four times in every single stage, eventually finishing over 1.5 minutes up on team-mate, Mads Ostberg. He also claimed a bonus point by finishing third in the event closing Power Stage.

Speaking at the finish, Meeke was quick to thank Citroen boss Yves Matton for his support and for giving him the chance this year to do a full season at the top level in the WRC, something he hasn't had the opportunity to do before, despite clear potential, shown last year by his speed in Finland and Australia - although not by the end result as he crashed out both times - and also by his title success with Peugeot in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2009.

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"I'm happy and delighted to be on the podium on my first [proper] event with the Citroen factory team," Meeke reflected at the finish.

"It's a great result for us and I really have to thank Yves Matton for the faith that he's shown in me. If I can finish this rally with no mistakes then I really think I can do it anywhere."

"I've never witnessed conditions like these though at a rally," he continued back in service in Monaco. "It was incredibly difficult, but we achieved our goal.

"I had a very good feeling in the Citroen DS3 WRC. Monte-Carlo is always a tough rally. It's not really a tarmac rally and it's not a snow rally either. It's got a bit of everything! I'm very pleased for those who put their faith in me," he reiterated. "It's really nice to be able to pay back the team for their support with this result."

Matton meanwhile believes the result is a significant one for Meeke: "We asked our crews not to take any risks when the conditions were difficult... and we pretty much only had difficult conditions! They raced sensibly and followed the instructions we gave them, pushing when they felt confident. This performance is a great way to start the season, and highly motivating for the entire team," he stated.

"We all know about Kris's speed. This weekend, he showed his maturity and his ability to manage a result. It's an important stage in building the foundations of the rest of the season," he added.