Kris Meeke

Kris ready for Mexico debut

Wednesday, 5th March 2014 - by Site Admin
Kris ready for Mexico debut

Kris will make his first appearance on gravel in 2014 when the World Rally Championship moves to Mexico for its third round later this week.

Rally Mexico is one of the most extreme rounds of the series, with high altitudes that push the crews and their cars to the limit. The event is based around the towns of Leon and Guanajuato, and the stages run from around 6000 feet above sea level right up to 9000 feet above sea level. This altitude affects the performance of the turbocharged World Rally Cars, sapping them of power; Citroen has extensive experience of the event, of course, and has worked hard to recalibrate the DS3 WRC to minimise the effect as much as possible.

Kris set an encouraging pace during ‘one-off’ appearances for the Citroen World Rally Team last season. However, this is his first appearance on Rally Mexico, and the Northern Irishman knows that he will have to take another cautious approach, similar to the one that almost netted him a top-six finish in Sweden last month.

‘Mexico requires a very different set-up from Finland and Australia,’ said Kris. ‘I have worked on the videos and have listened carefully to advice from the team and from Mads. I still have some learning to do, but I’m pleased with the set-up that we found in testing. The drop in power output could be an advantage for me because I have a lot of experience of competing in cars with normally aspirated engines. You need a slightly different driving style and so that shouldn‘t be problem for me.’

Rally Mexico begins on Thursday evening local time, with a run around the streets of Guanajuato (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The real action starts with 10 stages on Friday, though, followed by the longest leg on Saturday (it includes four stages that are each more than 20 miles long). Sunday features just four tests but one of them, Guanajuatito, is one of the longest stages of the first half of the season, at almost 35 miles. The finish ceremony is scheduled for Leon at 14h30 local time on Sunday afternoon (20h30 UK time and 21h30 CET).