Kris Meeke

Fan video: Kris back in DS 3 action

Monday, 16th May 2016 - by Site Admin

Kris has returned to the familiar surroundings of a DS 3 WRC ahead of the latest outing of his limited 2016 WRC campaign, on this week’s Rally de Portugal.

After successfully completing the second test of Citroen’s 2017 challenger, Kris and his co-driver Paul Nagle had a day to re-acclimatise to the DS 3. They encountered a useful variety of conditions, from bone-dry, dusty gravel to wetter roads that hadn’t dried out due to extensive tree cover. As usual, rally fans were out in force to capture the action, and several compilations of action clips are already on YouTube (you can watch the action embedded above and below).

Kris said, ‘I’m really happy to be back in a ‘rally week’, to be honest. It has felt like a long time since we were last in competition in Sweden back in February. That’s not to say I haven’t been busy in the meantime – as you know, we’ve started testing the new car – but you do miss the competition aspect, so it’s great to be back at the start of a week where we know we’re going to be going rallying again.

‘It was good to get back behind the wheel of the DS 3 in the pre-event test. Of course, the new car represents the bigger picture, but we were really happy with how it felt to be back in the DS 3.

‘The rally itself looks to be pretty much identical in terms of the stages but it could be a bit different anyway, because of the weather. It’s been pretty changeable in Portugal over the past couple of weeks and there’s been a lot of rain. The weather’s coming good now but we don’t know if it’ll have a chance to dry the stages out completely or not.

‘With us not competing in the championship, we have potentially a very good road position; I think we’ll end up being 13th or 14th on the road. So we’ll try to make best use of that. It’s all about trying to be clever with our tyre choices and see how the weather develops.

‘I really enjoyed this event in 2015; we were in the battle for the lead for two days with Jari-Matti [Latvala] and Seb [Ogier], and then unfortunately we had a small problem on the Sunday that dropped me back to fourth place. But still, it was a new rally to everyone last year and I really enjoyed it. It’s going to be great to be going back against the stopwatch again; I’m hoping the weather stays fine so the roads will dry out and become nice and dusty!’

The Rally de Portugal starts with a superspecial at the famous Lousada rallycross track on Thursday evening, before a full day of action on Friday at Ponte de Lima near the Spanish border. Saturday is the longest day of the event, and it takes crews east to roads near Amarante, while Sunday’s schedule comprises just three tests – but includes the PowerStage and the classic Fafe stage, with its enormous jump.