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Sacked Meeke is gearing up to make comeback at Rallylegends

 

By Sammy Hamill

Kris Meeke is to return to rallying next month, taking part in the Rallylegends event in San Marino and ending his four-month exile after being sacked by Citroen.

The five-time WRC winner has stayed away from the rally scene since he was controversially dropped by Citroen following his accident on the Rally of Portugal in May, the French team deciding it was one crash too many.

But now the Andorra-based Ulsterman has accepted an invitation to be part of the three-day Rallylegends event, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of Martini Racing.

Last year, on the 10th anniversary of his death, it commemorated the career of Meeke's mentor Colin McRae and he took part driving one of the former world champion's WRC Citroen Xsaras.

The San Marino organisers have not decided whether Meeke will drive in the main event or run as part of the Legend Stars show demonstration.

Meeke, who will be co-driven by Derek Brannigan as he was last year, will be joined in the October 11-14 line-up by his former Citroen team-mate Craig Breen.

More top names will be added in the coming weeks.

Meeke is still under contract at Citroen until the end of this season and has stayed tight-lipped over his sacking, refusing all requests to talk about the shock decision.

He was replaced by Mads Ostberg but remains the only driver to have won for Citroen since the departure of nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb in 2013. His future remains unclear, with opportunities to return to a top line team limited.

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