Kris Meeke

Kris claims Rally GB podium

Sunday, 15th November 2015 - by Site Admin
Kris claims Rally GB podium

Kris has scored a fine second place on his home event and the final round of the 2015 World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB.

Today’s final four stages were held in wild, wet and windy conditions, with lots of standing water, particularly on the closing test, Brenig.

Kris started the final morning in a comfortable second overall, and he remained focused on his main goal for the weekend: helping his Citroen team to secure second in the manufacturer’s championship. He had to keep a watchful eye on the third-placed Andreas Mikkelsen, but the short schedule left the Norwegian limited scope to make inroads into the gap to Kris and his co-driver Paul Nagle.

Sure enough, Kris completed the final stage 26 seconds behind winner Sebastien Ogier, and just over 10 seconds clear of Mikkelsen. His result is the first podium finish for a home driver on Rally GB since Richard Burns secured the world title with third place in 2001, and the best since the Englishman won outright in 2000.

Kris said, ‘It’s both boxes ticked – a podium finish, and the points that we needed for the team. I’ve really enjoyed it; it’s been a tough rally but I enjoyed it. As for 2016, my garden’s a bit overgrown so I might have to fix it. At the moment there’s no news; we have to wait and see.’

Kris completed his second full season with Citroen Racing having helped the team to that second place in the manufacturer’s standings, and having broken his WRC duck with a famous success in Argentina. His plans have yet to be confirmed for 2016; they’ll be updated here as soon as possible.

Wales Rally GB – top six finishers
1 Sebastien Ogier (VW Polo WRC) 3h03m02.0s
2 Kris Meeke (DS 3 WRC) +26.0s
3 Andreas Mikkelsen (VW Polo WRC) +36.2s
4 Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20 WRC) +2m51.2s
5 Hayden Paddon (Hyundai i20 WRC) +3m00.5s
6 Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3m09.1s

FIA World Rally Championship 2015 – final driver’s points (provisional)
1 Sebastien Ogier (VW Polo WRC) 263pts
2 Jari-Matti Latvala (VW Polo WRC) 183pts
3 Andreas Mikkelsen (VW Polo WRC) 171pts
4 Mads Ostberg (DS 3 WRC) 116pts
5 Kris Meeke (DS 3 WRC) 112pts