Kris Meeke

Kris's summer testing update

Saturday, 25th July 2015 - by Site Admin

Kris has been doing some summer testing during the break between Rally Poland and the next round of the 2015 World Rally Championship, next weekend’s Rally Finland.

The Northern Irishman and his co-driver Paul Nagle conducted two days of running in Germany – their first chance to try the recently revised DS 3 WRC on asphalt ahead of Rallye Deutschland in August.

‘The Germany test went well,’ Kris said. ‘Conditions were dry and warm, and we had a day in the vineyards and a day in Baumholder [the military site that forms a large chunk of the Rally Deutschland route]. I have to say that we got some really nice work done. We confirmed where we think we are with the car and we’re really happy.

‘We haven’t been doing too much testing, really, so it was good to get some more kilometres under our belt in this environment. Perhaps the timing wasn’t perfect – you’d always like to do Germany runs just before Germany itself, so maybe we’re a little early – but it’s the way the dates worked out this year and to be honest, I’m just happy to have been back in the car for two days. Everyone has new Michelin tyres this year so we had to put in some hard work to get information on those. It was very productive.’

Kris endured a tough time in Poland, crashing on the pre-event shakedown before a subdued run to seventh overall. He said, ‘We’re getting to the business end of the season now so we need to nail the next few events and get things back on track.’

Fan footage of the German test has already emerged. You can watch some YouTube footage above.

Kris has also completed a day and a half of testing in mixed conditions in Finland – including a full day in pouring rain. He told us, ‘They’ve had a dreadful summer in Finland so the ground is very soft. There’s some rain forecast for later this week and I’m sure the second passes through stages are going to be very tricky because the roads will cut up badly. Our test was in very wet and slippery conditions – so much so that aquaplaning was a problem at times – but it was good to get experience of the car in that.

‘The route for the event is quite similar and I think we only have about 30 kilometres of new pacenotes to make, but the rally itself could be very different because of those road conditions.’

Fan footage of Kris’s testing in the wet is on YouTube. You can watch it below.