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Meeke signs for Mini WRC programme

Kris MeekeKris Meeke has signed to drive for Mini in the World Rally Championship next year, this week's AUTOSPORT magazine reveals.

Reigning Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Meeke denied any deal had been done with the Prodrive team that will run Mini's WRC return, but AUTOSPORT understands that an agreement is in place.

A source close to Prodrive said: "The deal with Kris is done. [Prodrive chairman] David Richards has talked a great deal about having a British driver and he's been as good as his word."

Meeke said: "My focus remains on this year and winning rallies with Peugeot."

Peugeot UK is known to have contacted drivers about replacing Meeke in its IRC programme for next season.

AUTOSPORT has learned that double WRC champion Marcus Gronholm will test the new Mini Countryman WRC for the first time in Portugal next week, after which he is set to decide whether he will sign for the team.

Former Junior champion and Suzuki WRC driver P-G Andersson also has an offer from Mini for 2011.

For more details about Mini's 2011 WRC plans, read this week's AUTOSPORT magazine, also available in digital form.

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