Reigning Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion, Kris Meeke, will drive for Mini in next year's World Rally Championship, according to reports in Autosport magazine.

Autosport says that 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.

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.

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