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Kris fastest in Monte shakedown

Thursday, 24th January 2019 - by Site Admin
Kris fastest in Monte shakedown

Kris has set fastest time in shakedown for the opening round of the 2019 World Rally Championship, Rallye Monte Carlo, as he prepares to start a new era in his career.

The Northern Irishman completed five passes over the 3.3km test and on his fastest run, he stopped the clocks a single tenth of a second faster than reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier. It was a solid morning’s work on his first official public appearance behind the wheel of a Toyota Yaris WRC – and his first officially posted times with a new co-driver, Seb Marshall.

“On the first run I wasn’t nervous but it was a bit like being a new boy at school,” said Kris. “I missed the launch start, in fact, because I didn’t press the right buttons on the steering wheel. Little things like that, I’m still getting used to. You can test as much as you want but until you go in there, into a rally environment and against the clock, it’s different.

“On the second and third passes I was happier – although I was a little surprised that I was able to go quickest. I think this shakedown was very dry and quite smooth – more of a test for Corsica than Monte, perhaps. Tonight we’ll start in the dark and on the ice, and it’ll be very different.”

Kris believes that despite pleasant conditions during the build-up, the opening round of the 2019 is set to offer a typically challenging environment for all of the WRC crews. “At the beginning of our recce it looked nice, dry, basically, with a few frosty and ice patches,” he said. “But then on Wednesday evening the snow arrived. It’s going to be very tricky. It’s nice to have blue skies overhead but there’s going to be lots of ice out there. Monte’s always difficult with the tyre choice but let’s see; everybody’s in the same boat.”

The event starts in earnest this evening, with two 20km stages in the dark. Kris said, “Starting Monte on an icy stage, with the lights on in the dark, is always tricky. I’ll be quite happy when it’s over, really, and then we can get properly stuck in on Friday morning.”

Kris has always enjoyed interacting with rally fans around the globe, and he feels that this can be best achieved on social media instead of via a conventional website. As a result, this is the last planned official news story to be posted here on krismeeke.com.

The best places to follow Kris’s progress and to get updates directly from him in 2019 will be on his social media platforms – Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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