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Upbeat Meeke is back on track

By Sammy Hamill

Kris Meeke said Citroen had "moved in the right direction" after setting the third fastest time in the shakedown test ahead of last night's start to Rally Mexico.

Meeke and the Citroen team are looking to fight back after disappointing performances with their new C3 WRC car on the opening rounds of this year's World Championship in Monte Carlo and Sweden.

The series switches from ice and snow to rugged gravel stages in Mexico and the Dungannon ace was sounding more upbeat following four encouraging runs through the wet shakedown test in which only Hyundai's Thierry Neuville and Ford's World champion Sebastien Ogier were faster.

"It was difficult to feel fully confident on the twisty, technical road used for the shakedown test - and the rain took everyone by surprise. But we kept working on improving the set-up and I believe we have moved in the right direction," he said.

Rally Sweden winner Jari-Matti Latvala was fourth fastest for Toyota with Hyundai's Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo fifth and sixth.

Meeke's Citroen team-mate Stephane Lefebvre was eighth behind the Ford of Ulster Rally winner Elfyn Evans and ahead of the Toyota of former Circuit of Ireland winner Juho Hanninen.

The rally began late last night with two short sprint stages in the heart of Mexico City but begins in earnest today in the mountains around Leon.

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