Irish rally driver Kris Meeke and co-driver Chris Patterson will join Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen in the Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team for Rally Australia.
Irish rally driver Kris Meeke and co-driver Chris Patterson will join Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen in the Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team for Rally Australia.

Citroen’s big move ahead of Rally Australia – Coffs Coast

CITROEN Racing has refshuffled its driving team ahead of next month's Rally Australia - Coffs Coast.

Ireland's Kris Meeke and his co-driver Chris Patterson will join Rally Australia champion Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen in the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team.

The team says Meeke's promotion comes after some impressive form in his first outing in the DS3 in the WRC in Finland.

Spanish driver Dani Sordo has agreed to sit out Rally Australia given Meeke's form on gravel roads.

"We are really very happy that Citroën have put their faith in us again after our performance at Rally Finland," Meeke said.

"For us, this is an incredible opportunity to take part in the rally a-s part of Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team alongside Mikko and Jarmo, and we are determined to give of our best."

Competing teams will arrive in Coffs Harbour a week before Raly Australia - Coffs Coast September 12-15.

In other news, Rally Australia has launched its Rally Guide 2 for the round 10 event of the FIA World Rally Championships next month.

It can be downloaded here.