Kris Meeke says the pressure is on him not to make a single mistake at Rally Australia and to bring the points home for Citroen after his team-mate Mads Ostberg was ruled out by injury.

Ostberg confirmed he would be absent from Rally Australia after suffering a nasty crash during the pre-event recce, where he sustained two cracked ribs. As a result, Meeke inherits the senior role in the Citroen team with rookie Stephane Lefebvre stepping in for Ostberg.

Heading into Rally Australia Meeke says he can't afford a single mistake after two consecutive difficult events at Finland and Germany. As a result, the Northern Irish driver has lost vital ground to Elfyn Evans and Thierry Neuville in the WRC championship standings.

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"The idea is not to push to the maximum at the start," Meeke said. "I have to maintain the pace I have shown in the last few rallies and avoid even making the slightest mistake. If we manage to do that, then along with my starting position for the first two days, we should be well placed."

Meeke narrowly missed out on the podium in Australia last season after finishing fourth and despite a minor revamp to the route he is looking forward to the challenge of the second Southern hemisphere event of the season.

"I have some very fond memories of my last two appearances at Rally Australia in the DS 3 WRC. I was competitive here in 2014, I was challenging for a podium spot," Meeke said. "The new stages look magnificent and like they will be very fast.

"The roads are very interesting although the forest sections, when you get rays of sunshine coming through the trees, can be especially tricky."