The news that Northern Irishman Kris Meeke will lead Citroen’s World Rally Championship attack next year is a long overdue reward for a hugely talented driver – and a potential game-changer for rallying in Britain.

Meeke has secured one of the top seats in world rallying. The 34-year-old will drive a Citroen DS3 WRC on every event in 2014, and will be run by the engineers that looked after nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb. It’s an amazing turnaround, and true reward for years of promise, potential, hard work and agonising setbacks. 

Throughout his rallying career Meeke has displayed blinding speed and, being totally honest, a propensity for massive crashes. He’s also often managed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time: he was signed up to front Mini’s World Rally Championship back in 2010, but got sidelined when the project hit funding issues.