Kris Meeke

Kris to rock on in Mexico

Saturday, 8th March 2014 - by Site Admin
Kris to rock on in Mexico

Kris will rejoin the third round of the World Rally Championship, Rally Mexico, on Saturday after damaged suspension forced him out of action on the first full day of competition.

The Northern Irishman had set himself the target of a steady pace and more experience on the event, which is another of the WRC rounds that he has never tackled before. He started well, holding fourth after the opening superspecial and then consolidating that place when the event moved to its more traditional gravel stages high in the mountains.

Kris was looking forward to the repeat loop of stages in the afternoon, where he could put his new-found experience of the tests to good use. Things started brilliantly, with second fastest time on the monster 27-mile El Chocolate 2 stage. However, in the following test, Las Minas 2 (SS8), Kris hit a rock and his Citroen DS3 WRC’s suspension was badly damaged. He elected to retire and make sure of a restart under Rally 2 rules instead of potentially damaging the car beyond repair.

Kris said, ‘My strategy was pretty much the same as in Sweden. I drove at my own pace without worrying too much about the times the other drivers were setting. On some stages I was fairly comfortable although there was a lot of dust. The roads were also very slippery.

‘On SS8 we hit a rock on a bend and the suspension arm broke. We tried to continue but we decided it was better to stop so that we could rejoin tomorrow in better shape.’

Saturday’s route comprises seven stages totalling just over 100 miles of competitive action.

Rally Mexico – top six after SS11:

1 Sebastien Ogier (VW Polo WRC) 1h46m25.3s
2 Mads Ostberg (Citroen DS3 WRC) +26.1s
3 Jari-Matti Latvala (VW Polo WRC) +42.5s
4 Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta WRC) +2m28.7s
5 Theirry Neuville (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2m30.2s
6 Martin Prokop (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3m31.1s
13 Kris Meeke (Citroen DS3 WRC) +15m33.5s