Kris Meeke

A letter from Kris

Wednesday, 21st December 2016 - by Kris Meeke
A letter from Kris

Hi everyone,

For sure, 2016 has been an interesting year. I remember this time last year, when I was deciding my future, I had to opt to not do the full championship this season, even when I knew there were certain rallies where I need more experience.

But it has turned out to be a fantastic year; we only did seven rallies, I know, but we had some fantastic speed and some great results. And all the time, we’ve been working really hard behind the scenes on the new car, and I think that approach will pay dividends in 2017. Of course, at times in 2016 the limited programme was frustrating – but I just had to look at the bigger picture, and putting all that effort into the 2017 car was very important. Hopefully we’ll reap the rewards of that next year and beyond.

It’s been fantastic to be part of Citroen Racing when they’re coming back as a full factory team. We all know their focus has been on WTCC for a while, so now the full energy is behind the WRC programme and it feels different – proper. I feel I’m ready for the challenge.

I’m writing this from the launch in Abu Dhabi and the car looks really good here. I can’t wait to get to Monte Carlo. We’re excited by the challenge and we want to get to the stages and just enjoy it, to be honest. We’ve shown, in fact, that when we do that – just enjoy it – the speed and results can come, so we’re aiming for that.

Hopefully we can get off to a good start in Monte and then see what 2017 can brings. I tend not to set targets; we all know my ultimate ambition is to be the World Champion, naturally, but I’m not setting myself specific goals beyond that. We just want to be at the sharp end – that’s the clear ambition.

Thanks again for all your support during 2016 – and to so many of you for liking my Facebook page, which is an increasingly important part of what drivers like me do these days. We’ll try to keep it interesting for you in 2017 – and some good results would be the best way of doing that, of course!

Wishing you all a great holiday season, and looking forward to an exciting 2017 ahead,