World Rally Championship: Kris Meeke sits fifth in Monte Carlo

Kris Meeke was retained by Citroen despite a disappointing 2017
Kris Meeke was retained by Citroen despite a difficult 2017 campaign

Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke is up to fifth ahead of the final day of the season-opening Rally Monte Carlo.

A steady approach for the Citroen driver has paid off, lacking the pace of his rivals but avoiding trouble.

Meeke was sixth at the end of Friday's stages, picking up another position when Dani Sordo retired.

Five-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier continues to lead ahead of Toyota's Ott Tanak and Finn Jari-Matti Latvala.

Meeke dropped to 10th after the opening stage after a brief foray into a ditch in icy conditions but progressed up the standings to sixth after team-mate Craig Breen and Andreas Mikkelsen hit problems on Saturday's loop.

He moved up another spot with Sordo's retirement, briefly running in fourth after Toyota's Esapekka Lappi suffered a puncture, but the Finn recovered to steal the position back on Saturday's final stage.

Meeke's battle will continue with Lappi on Sunday's four stages, where he will be looking to bank a solid points haul as he aims to get his title campaign off to a strong start.