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Kris Meeke waiting on Citroen's call for World Championship

By Sammy Hamill

Citroen Racing remained tight-lipped about the make-up of their team for 2015 ahead of the ceremonial start to the final round of this year's World Championship, the Wales Rally GB, in Colwyn Bay last night.

But sources close to the team were suggesting Kris Meeke would be staying for a second season - and he could be joined in an expanded line-up by Robert Kubica.

It was rumoured that the former Canadian Grand Prix winner could be part of a second team run by one of Citroen's supported companies, PH Sport, and he would also take part in a number of World Touring Car races alongside his WRC programme.

Kubica, whose F1 career was cut short by a serious rally accident in 2011, drove for Citroen in 2013, winning the WRC2 Championship, but then opted to switch to Ford to contest the main World Championship series this year. However, he has endured a difficult season, crashing on more than half the rounds including a last stage accident on Rally France when he was in fourth place.

He seems certain to leave Ford after this weekend's Rally GB and Polish sources say he will return to Citroen as part of a satellite team which will also include Ukrainian Yuriy Protasov.

Who will partner Meeke in the primary team remains uncertain with Mads Ostberg linked to a return to Ford as a replacement for the retiring Mikko Hirvonen.

Meanwhile, Meeke was sixth fastest in yesterday's Rally GB shakedown test which was headed by the VW trio of Andreas Mikkelsen, Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala. Kubica was fourth and Ostberg ninth.

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