Kris Meeke

Kris on the pace in GB shakedown

Thursday, 12th November 2015 - by Site Admin
Kris on the pace in GB shakedown

Kris posted third fastest time in the shakedown ahead of the final round of the 2015 World Rally Championship, this weekend’s Wales Rally GB.

After heavy rain during the build-up to Kris’s home event, today’s shakedown was held under sunny skies but with muddy conditions underfoot. Kris was instantly on the pace, just 0.3sec behind world champion Sebastien Ogier during the first run, and he was even closer to the Frenchman during the second pass through the stage.

Ogier was one of few drivers to improve their times on the third run, but even then, his best pass was just 0.3sec ahead of Kris – and level with the other VW Polo WRC of Jari-Matti Latvala.

Kris did complete a fourth run, but he had Williams F1 tester Susie Wolff alongside (above) instead of his regular navigator Paul Nagle, and posted a more relaxed time as a result.

‘It went well,’ said Kris. ‘Okay, we have to accept that the shakedown was in Clocaenog, which is a bit different conditions-wise to the big stages tomorrow – Hafren and Myherin – but still, the feeling was quite good. We weren’t so far from the Volkswagens but as we know, they can always stretch their legs at any time.

‘The important thing is for me to concentrate on my own rally. We’ll try to keep the feeling from this morning when we get into the stages tomorrow. As everyone knows, Citroen has a big focus on keeping second place in the manufacturer’s championship, so that has to be the primary goal. But at the beginning I’m just going to find my own rhythm and we’ll see where we go from there. I can’t wait to get started; the stages themselves look in fantastic condition.’

Rally GB’s daunting schedule of stages starts tomorrow, with a pair of runs through three famous tests – Hafren, Sweet Lamb and Myherin. Saturday’s line-up comprises Gartheiniog, Dyfi, Dyfnant and Aberhirant, all repeated, plus a spectator test at Chirk Castle, while Sunday’s shorter schedule includes two passes through Brenig (the second is the Power Stage), plus Alwen and Great Orme.