Kris Meeke

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05 November 2013

Kris Meeke has been involved in rallying all of his life – and he’s been a regular at the top of the stage times sheets for more than a decade.

The son of one of Ireland’s most famous rally preparation experts, Kris grew up surrounded by competition cars and was an early regular on events where his father Sydney was running Opels, Fords and Subarus for multiple Tarmac Champion Bertie Fisher.

Born in 1979 in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, Kris is married to Danielle.

Kris has experience of dozens of top-line rallies, and has racked up thousands of miles testing rally cars for leading manufacturers. Here’s a detailed guide to his career so far.

2003

2003 Scottish Rally - pic by Roy Dempster

Kris switched to a Team Palmer-run Opel Corsa Super 1600 for 2003 – and mixed a successful defence of his British Junior title with a crack at the Junior World Rally Championship. There were flashes of promise from the Northern Irishman in the still-new Opel – including a couple of fastest times on his debut in Monte Carlo, and second in the Junior WRC category in Catalunya – but it was ultimately a hard season of hard knocks and experience.

As if to cap it all, Kris was running second in the Junior WRC section on his home round, the season-closing Rally GB, but had to retire with accident damage.

2002

2002 Jim Clark Rally - pic by Roy Dempster

The performances in the Peugeot had done enough to bring Kris to the attention of British rally legend and 1995 World Rally Champion Colin McRae, who agreed to support the youngster’s career development. So ‘McRae Motorsport’ was born, running Kris in a Super 1600-specification Ford Puma in the British championship.

The combination of Kris’s pace, the Puma and Colin’s mentoring proved a potent one, as Meeke won the British Junior title at his first attempt (thanks to a class win on the Scottish Rally, amongst other strong results) and finished third in the Super 1600 category overall. He also started his first WRC round, Rally GB, but failed to finish.

A return to the Galloway Hills in a Pirelli-backed Impreza proved more fruitful, as Kris secured back-to-back victories.

2001

The Peugeot contest victory sparked an entry into the full Peugeot 106 Super Cup, and Kris’s first season of rallying started well as he took the lead on his first outing, the Rally of Wirral. He then followed that up with victory on the third round of the challenge, the Swansea Bay National Rally.

Kris also got his first taste of four-wheel-drive action in 2001, when he got the chance to tackle the Galloway Hills Rally in a Group A Subaru Impreza 555. The 22-year old made the most of the opportunity, shocking the event regulars to secure a surprise victory.

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