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Meeke setting his sights on a smooth result in Poland

By Staff Reporter

Kris Meeke is happy to be stepping up the pace as he prepares for the start of Rally Poland this evening. After the rugged, rock-strewn tracks of Argentina, Portugal and Sardinia, the World Championship changes gear onto the wider, smoother gravel roads of Poland - roads Meeke describes as "crazy fast".

But that suits the Ulsterman and, after the "downer" of crashing early in Sardinia, the Rally Argentina winner is determined to be back fighting for a podium place in his Abu Dhabi team Citroen DS3.

Meeke's best performances have tended to come on the quickest stages, like Finland, where he will tell you it is all about "commitment and courage".

He lacks none of these attributes and is looking forward to the challenge of Poland, where he was as high as third last year until he lost time with a puncture, finishing seventh.

"I'm pleased to be back on a fast course again," he said ahead of tonight's opening stage in Mikolajki.

"Even though 90 per cent of the roads are new or altered this year, the character won't have changed and I like this type of stage. The DS3 performs well at high speed and, for a driver, these roads call for real commitment and courage. I like that and I hope we can fight for a spot on the podium."

His accident in Sardinia knocked Meeke back to seventh in the WRC standings but, paradoxically, that will be to his advantage this weekend. He will run seventh on the road, leaving the likes of Volkswagen's World champion Sebastien Ogier and Citroen team-mate Mads Ostberg to perform the hated gravel sweeping duties at the front.

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