Kris Meeke to follow in the wheeltracks of legend Paddy Hopkirk

Kris Meeke in the WRC Citroen
Kris Meeke in the WRC Citroen

Kris Meeke will follow in the wheeltracks of rally legend Paddy Hopkirk when he takes to the startline on Thursday morning in Monaco.

Hopkirk won the Monte Carlo Rally which ranks along with the Formula One Grand Prix in Monaco, the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Indianapolis 500 and the Rally Dakar as the five most prestigious motorsport competitions in the world.

Meeke will feel the pressure driving for one of the most successful teams in the history of the sport as he follows on from multi champion Sebastien Loeb.

All eyes will focus on the new Citroen signing and Meeke is determined to make the best of this opportunity a full works drive for the 2014 season at the pinnacle of rallying.

There have been seasons in the past when it could be said that Citroen and Loeb coasted to the world title, certainly not the case this year.

A firm favourite to retain his title in 2014 Sebastien Ogier for Volkswagen.

Ogier won in Monte Carlo in 2009, followed in 2010 by Mikko Hirvonen he drives for Ford in 2014, and fellow Ford driver Bryan Bouffier who triumphed in 2011.

A dark horse could be ex F1 driver Robert Kubica, fresh from his win in the opening round of the European Rally Championship, he will drive a Ford Fiesta in the World Championship opener.

This the first of the 13 rallies on the 2014 WRC calendar is immediately one of the hardest nuts to crack.