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Meeke stays with Citroen and is joined by nine-time world rally champion

Kris Meeke will race for Citroen again in next year's World Rally Championship, to be joined for part of the campaign by a high-quality team-mate.

The Dungannon driver will race alongside nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb in three rounds of the championship, which regular team-mate Craig Breen will sit out.

Loeb, 41, has not raced in the WRC since a one-off event at Monte Carlo in 2015 but will next year race at Rally Mexico in March, Corsica in April and Spain in October.

Meeke endured a disappointing 2017, despite wins in both Mexico and Spain. An overall seventh placed finish was not helped by crashes in Monte Carlo, Sweden, Argentina, Italy and Portugal.

"We learned a lot during the first season with the Citroën C3 WRC - we've gathered a lot of information to help us do better in 2018," he said.

"Despite a few tough moments, we managed to show our potential and we are now going to try even harder to be more consistent on the variety of surfaces used in the championship.

"We won't be taking anything for granted but by working in a relaxed and calm manner, we can achieve good things."

The 2018 World Rally Championship begins in Monte Carlo from January 25-28.

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