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Focused Meeke is all revved up ahead of World finale

By Staff Reporter

Kris Meeke was third fastest through the shakedown stage and said he had "a good feeling" ahead of the ceremonial start of Wales Rally GB in Llandudno last night.

And even though the Welsh forests are saturated after recent rain, promising a muddy, slippery contest to end this year's World Championship, Meeke said he was unconcerned. "I love this rally, the cold, the rain and the dark just add to the atmosphere. I have a good feeling with the car and I'm up for it," he said.

Meeke was right on the pace during yesterday's shakedown, his Citroen just a few tenths of a second behind the Volkswagens of World champion Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala.

But there was no sign of the third VW driver, Rally Spain winner Andreas Mikkelsen. He didn't take part in the shakedown and was reported to have flown to Germany to consult Volkswagen's team doctor about an unspecified illness, but expected to be back in the car this morning.

The Hyundais of Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo, fighting with Meeke's Citroen team for second in the manufacturers' championship, completed the top six in the shakedown. Meeke's team-mate Mads Ostberg was seventh and Ford's Elfyn Evans eighth.

Later, Meeke had a VIP guest co-driver in Williams F1 test driver Susie Wolff who had a trip over the test stage in the DS3 Citroen.

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