Blessed is the Meeke!

Blessed is the Meeke!

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Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle and Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson will be the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's driver/co-driver pairings in the DS3 WRC next season.

Having won the World Rally Championship eight times between 2003 and 2012, Citroën Racing is to continue its involvement in WRC with two new high-potential pairings.

Meeke came through the ranks of Citroën Racing's promotional formulas, before driving a C2 Super 1600 for the brand in the Junior WRC.

IRC Champion in 2009, the Northern Irishman has since made a return to the World Championship.

His two 2013 appearances saw him put in some impressive performances at the wheel of the DS3 WRC.

In 2014, these occasional outings will give way to a full programme. 

"It's an incredible opportunity," said a delighted Meeke.

"I've always been close to Citroën over the last few years. I'm really lucky to be able to work with a team that has so much experience and so many titles... I have only competed in 10 World Championship rallies in a WRC; I think I've got some potential, but I still need to get some experience under my belt.

"The Citroën DS3 WRC is a terrific car and I'm going to be able to use the team's knowledge to help me improve.

"I know that I'll have to be patient in the first half of the season and learn all about the rallies that I haven't done before."


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