Meeke keen on strong start

24 January 2018 09:20:19 EST

Citroen driver Kris Meeke is hoping that a strong showing in the Monte Carlo Rally can point the way to an improved 2018 WRC campaign for himself and his team.

Meeke and the French manufacturer stepped away from the WRC circuit two years ago to try and develop a car to challenge for the world title.

It's fair to say that we come into 2018 determined to just keep our heads down and put a lot of things right.

Kris Meeke

However, that move failed to pay dividends as both Meeke and team-mate Craig Breen finished well down in the standings, despite the former claiming race victories in both Mexico and Catalonia.

Meeke, though, is upbeat about the challenge of making up for that disappointment, with the action in Monte Carlo getting under way on Thursday.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: "We know 2017 didn't go to plan or as we anticipated. So it's fair to say that we come into 2018 determined to just keep our heads down and put a lot of things right.

"We'll take it rally by rally and just try to build something as we go along. Everyone wants to put points on the board nice and early, though, so let's try to get Monte Carlo under our belt and see where we are.

"In some respects we are in the same place as a year ago, because testing on your own doesn't really tell you where you are relative to everyone else.

"I know Ford, Hyundai and Toyota haven't been sitting still and it's impossible to say how the gains that we've made - and we have made gains - match up against their improvements."

Meeke can be backed at 8/1 to win the Monte Carlo Rally, with Hyundai ace Thierry Neuville available at 7/4 and M-Sport Ford superstar Sebastien Ogier 5/2 to make it five win in a row at the mixed surface event.

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