BBC Sport - WRC star Kris Meeke supports Circuit of Ireland launch in Lisburn

WRC star Meeke at Circuit launch

World Rally Championship star Kris Meeke returns home to Northern Ireland to help launch this year's Circuit of Ireland which will take place on the Easter weekend.

Citroen driver Meeke has achieved top-10 finishes at this season's opening WRC events in Monte Carlo and Sweden and will be back in action in Mexico from 5-8 March.

The Dungannon man achieved podium finishes last season and is optimistic that he will achieve his first WRC win in 2015.

Meeke said that the Circuit of Ireland is "close to my heart" as he and another Irish rally star Craig Breen provided backing for this year's 2-4 April event which will again be part of the European Championship series.

The Circuit will start at Belfast City Hall on Thursday 2 March and will continue through to its Saturday's finish in the city's Titanic Quarter.