Though Kris Meeke says he is looking forward to the support he is likely to receive as the top British driver competing on the Wales Rally GB this weekend, he points out this is only his second appearance on the event in eight years.

The Citroen driver is looking to conclude his first full-season of WRC competition on a high in a year that has seen him claim four podiums at the wheel of the DS3 WRC.

In with a shout at the top five overall - eight points behind team-mate Mads Ostberg - though Meeke has some experience of the Welsh forests, he admits he has only tackled them in a WRC car once before.

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"It's the closest I get to a home rally in the WRC," he said. "I even took part in my first ever rally, the Bulldog, in these forests. So I know the region very well even though I have only competed in Wales Rally GB once in the last eight years."

"The season has gone by very quickly... I love the atmosphere here, the tradition of the event, even the smell of the mud in the forests. These are some of the most beautiful stages in the world, and some of the most difficult as well. You need a car with a perfect set-up. You really have to get the balance right, because you need grip but you also need precision.

"It would be great to finish the season on a positive note. I know I'll get plenty of support from the many fans who would love to see me win. I'm going to do my best to acquire as much experience as possible, but I think that a podium finish is a realistic goal."

Meeke drove a MINI to fourth overall in 2011 on his only appearance of the Wales Rally GB in a WRC car.