Kris Meeke is hoping to put the disappointment of the 2015 World Rally Championship season-opener in Monaco behind him and bounce back at Rally Sweden next weekend.

The Northern Irishman struggled to 10th place in Rallye Monte Carlo in round one of this year's WRC but was able to pick up three bonus championship points for topping the time sheets on the power stage.

Meeke feels an improvement in Sweden will be the best way to recover and the 35-year-old, who will contest just his second Swedish rally, is already targeting a top five finish in his Citroen DS 3 WRC.

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"I was a little bit disappointed after the Rallye Monte-Carlo because we had been quick, but we were unable to convert our competitiveness into a good result," he said. "It was nonetheless a very encouraging start.

"I really enjoyed my first outing in Sweden in 2014. The conditions weren't perfect as we had fairly high temperatures, but it was still great to drive on these roads. You always have fun in conditions like these."

Meeke finished 10th in his debut Rally Sweden last year and says it is one of the hardest rounds to be prepared for. The Swedish event is the classified as the only winter rally on the calendar and the roads are forecast to be covered by snow and ice on every stage next weekend.

"As this is the only event on the calendar to be contested on snow, you need several years to acquire enough experience to be able to fight at the front," Meeke added. "My realistic target here is to finish in the top five or six. I still need to learn and be consistent. I'll be driving within my own limits, determined by my personal experience."

The Northern Irishman will once again take to the wheel of the Citroen DS 3 WRC which made its rallying debut in Monte Carlo, with Meeke's team-mate Mads Ostberg taking an impressive fourth place. Nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb also took part in Rallye Monte Carlo as a one-off, placing eighth after being forced to retire SS8 with suspension damage.

Citro?n Racing team principal Yves Matton was satisfied with the car's debut but expect Rally Sweden to throw up a completely different set of challenges.

"The 2015 DS 3 WRC was very quick on its competitive debut, collecting the majority of the stage wins at the Rallye Monte-Carlo," Matton said. "In Sweden, we'll be beginning a new chapter. Although the setting is also decidedly wintry here, the conditions will be very different.

"Kris Meeke will be able to call upon the experience he acquired here in 2014. His aim will be to make the most of his potential with the support of the team."