Ahead of the opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo, Kris Meeke says that he has not joined the Citroen works team to emulate Sebastien Loeb.
Meeke recently tested the DS3 WRC which he will use next seaso and he will have another test in the car on 9 January ahead of the opening round in the South of France.
The Dungannon driver is not new to the World Rally Championship having competed in Rally Ireland and this season he took part in two rallies, Finland and Australia with Citroen. However 2014 will see him take on a full season as a full time factory driver, this role is not new as he was briefly a member of the Mini WRC team in 2011.
He accepts there will be a lot of pressure at Citroen as he follows in the wheeltracks of Loeb but he is looking to the challenge along with his new teammate Mads Ostberg.
A key element for Meeke will be Paul Nagle, his co-driver from the IRC which they won togther.
Meeke is about to face the biggest challenge of his motorsport career to date, driving for what is arguably the best team in the sport, one which will make high demands on his talent.
Meanwhile the Yokohama Irish Touring Car Championship which will be mainly contested at Mondello Park in 2014 will make one trip north to the two day car race meeting at Bishopscourt on 10/11 May and will conclude at the Leinster Trophy meeting on 20/21 September at Mondello Park.
The opening round will be on 16 March at the County Kildare circuit.