Kris Meeke

Kris brings home points in Spain

Sunday, 25th October 2015 - by Site Admin
Kris brings home points in Spain

Kris has secured crucial manufacturers points for his Citroen Racing team on Rally Catalunya, the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

The Spanish event mixed predominantly gravel stages on its opening leg with its more traditional asphalt roads on Saturday and Sunday. Kris found Friday’s stages particularly challenging, since he had less experience of the tests than many of his rivals. He ended the first day in eighth place, around a minute off the lead – but crucially, ahead of Thierry Neuville’s Hyundai i20 WRC, one of Citroen’s main rivals in the manufacturer’s championship.

The switch to asphalt brought improved pace from Kris’s DS 3, and things got better still through Saturday as he played with the car’s settings. Indeed, he leapfrogged his team-mate Mads Ostberg in the standings by setting third fastest time on the closing test of the day.

Sunday’s schedule brought a spin during one of the morning tests, allowing Ostberg back past and bringing Kris under some pressure from Haydon Paddon’s i20. However, strong times in the closing few stages were enough to secure fifth overall – and a useful haul of points for Citroen Racing. Kris also claimed third fastest time – and an extra point for himself – in the event-closing Powerstage.

Kris said, “This weekend has been all about experience and, of course, points for the team. We set out with a clear goal in the manufacturer’s championship and I think we’ve achieved that. It was tough on Friday because I made a mistake last year and didn’t get experience of those roads, but I was happy enough with my pace on the second runs through the stages. We played around with the set-up on the car a fair bit, especially on Saturday, but we didn’t get distracted from our target: those points for Citroen Racing.”

The WRC now moves to its final event of the season: Kris’s home rally, Rally GB, which will test drivers with its usual blend of changeable conditions and fast, flowing stages on 12-15 November.

Rally Catalunya – top six finishers
1 Andreas Mikkelsen (VW Polo WRC)
2 Jari-Matti Latvala (VW Polo WRC)
3 Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20 WRC)
4 Mads Ostberg (DS 3 WRC)
5 Kris Meeke (DS 3 WRC)
6 Hayden Paddon (Hyundai i20 WRC)