Kris Meeke says he hasn't set a specific target for Rally Australia, although he will be trying to do the "perfect" rally.
Meeke has started to up the ante in the second half of the season and after a very good third place finish in Finland, ran well in Germany until he went out in the second stage on the final day – just after he had inherited the lead.
The Ulsterman now wants to show the same sort of pace in Coffs Harbour, as well as ensuring he brings his Citroen DS3 WRC car to the finish.
“It [my pace] is how I hoped and dreamt it would be like. This is my first full season in the World Rally Championship and you know there will be some difficult moments as you find your feet, learn the car and the team and go to new rallies,” explained Meeke, who was quickest in the shakedown
“It's quite difficult when you are such a competitive person, like I am - I want to be competitive the first time I do a rally and then that can bring some mistakes. When we got to the mid-season and started to go back to rallies for the second time, I hoped it would be easier and better, and that seems be the case. Poland was, okay, there was a small mistake. But from Poland on, through Finland and Germany it was very good and I hope we can continue that trend [here].”
Meeke went well initially last year in Australia on a 'guest' run with Citroen and was fourth until he crashed out on Friday afternoon.
“Here last year was a one-off opportunity; I maybe took on too much pressure. I was fast to start and didn't have the stamina to do it over the whole weekend. Maybe that was a lack of match practice, but now I have a year under my belt and a lot more preparation to sustain that speed over the full weekend,” he continued.
“I don't want to set a target [for this weekend], but if I do the perfect rally and it is fifth then I have to accept that. I will just try to be perfect and hope the speed's good enough to be close.”
“This is a tricky rally. Normally on a rally if you run one metre wide then you end in a ditch, here it's a tree. It's a different rally from that perspective,” he added. “You have to be very careful and know that you can make a small mistake and be penalised very heavily.”