Kris Meeke feels the experience he picked up last season has put him in a great position for the 2015 World Rally Championship and is fully-focused for the season-opener at Monte Carlo.

The Northern Irishman begins his second full season in WRC this season and said last year was a steep learning curve for him in the Citroen DS3.

Beginning with the Monte Carlo Rally, where he notched up one of four podiums during the 2014 season en route to seventh overall, Meeke is pleased to be going back with the benefit of experience.

"In 2014, I was experiencing the vast majority of the rallies on the calendar for the first time," Meeke said. "I learned a lot and I realised just how important it is to rack up the miles and experience."

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The 35-year-old joined Citreon Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team in 2013 but had to wait a year until he could break into the premier class in WRC.

"Generally speaking, all drivers make progress in their second full season and I hope I'm no exception to the rule," Meeke continued. "I also think that the work done on the DS 3 WRC is going to help us to go even faster."

Meeke will be joined by nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb, who will be racing in a one-off appearance at the Rally Monte Carlo for Citroen. The prestigious season opener runs between the 22-25 January and Meeke is hoping for another podium finish in a highly-competitive driver line-up.

"Citro?n Racing has always enjoyed great results at Monte and the team has extensive experience of the event. And although it's impossible to predict what'll happen at this rally, being able to count on a team like this is obviously a big advantage."

The Citroen DS 3 2015 edition will have an upgraded engine, suspension system, aerodynamics package and gearbox, as well as a special livery, celebrating Citroen's 60th anniversary of the DS model.