Kris Meeke

A steady start in Corsican chaos

Friday, 2nd October 2015 - by Site Admin
A steady start in Corsican chaos

Kris has navigated through some of the trickiest conditions ever seen in the World Rally Championship to make a steady start on the Tour de Corse.

A severe weather warning was issued for the island of Corsica in the build-up to the event, which marks the WRC’s return to the classic Mediterranean island after xx years. Sure enough, one of today’s three scheduled stages had to be cancelled due to the torrential rain and appalling conditions.

The other two stages were run, though – one in the morning and one in late afternoon – and Kris posted eighth and seventh fastest times respectively to hold eighth position overnight, just over 45 seconds behind leader Elfyn Evans.

Kris said, ‘I have to be pleased just to have made to the end of the first day, to be honest. The second of today’s stages is certainly the most difficult stage that I have ever tackled; there was running water and debris everywhere on the road. Our gravel crews did a fantastic job warning us of what lay ahead; their help was invaluable today. Anything can still happen on this rally, because there’s still a long way to go.’

The stage that was cancelled today had been set to open tomorrow’s action too – so the Saturday schedule will comprise just two stages again. They’re long tests, though, with a repeat of the 36km stage that finished today’s line-up and then the longest run of the event, the 48km of Muracciole-Col de Sorba.

Tour de Corse – leading positions after SS3
1 Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta WRC) 46m48.5s
2 Kevin Abbring (Hyundai i20 WRC) +18.7s
3 Jari-Matti Latvala (VW Polo WRC) +22.9s
4 Mads Ostberg (DS 3 WRC) +38.8s
5 Robert Kubica (Ford Fiesta WRC) +40.3s
6 Stephane Sarrazin (Ford Fiesta WRC) +43.1s
8 Kris Meeke (DS 3 WRC) +47.0s