Kris Meeke

Kris gains experience in Mexico

Sunday, 9th March 2014 - by Site Admin
Kris gains experience in Mexico

Kris will start the final day of Rally Mexico in a position to score World Rally Championship points, after a day spent gaining experience of the event’s notoriously tricky stages.

Following his suspension damage on the first full day of competition, Kris entered Saturday’s stages under Rally 2 rules, which allow competitors who have retired on days one and two to restart the event, albeit with a substantial time penalty.

Kris and co-driver Paul Nagle concentrated on gaining experience of the stages, but they still managed to set a string of top six times in their Citroen DS3 WRC. They were particularly happy with their performance during the repeat running of stages, where they were able to put lessons learned during the first attempt to good use.

To round off a useful day, Kris set fastest time overall on the second running of the short superspecial test that concluded proceedings. He will enter the final leg on Sunday in ninth overall, on track to pick up world championship points.

Kris said, ‘The stages are really complicated when you haven’t experienced them before. You have to find the right rhythm. I was struggling to feel confident on the first pass; we are doing everything for the first time, which is part and parcel of the learning process. Once you’re more familiar with the stages, everything is a lot more straightforward. So the feeling was a lot better this afternoon and I think you can see that in the times.’

Citroen Racing team boss Yves Matton said, ‘Kris’s goal was to complete all of the stages. He drove at a sensible pace to ensure he built up some more experience, and he is improving on a rally where he is competing for the first time.’

Tomorrow’s final leg comprises just four stages, but one of them is a monster, at almost 35 miles in length. The day also includes the Power Stage, where additional WRC points are available for the top three placings.

Rally Mexico – top six after SS18:

1 Sebastien Ogier (VW Polo WRC) 3h36m42.2s
2 Jari-Matti Latvala (VW Polo WRC) +1m00.3s
3 Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 WRC) +4m37.0s
4 Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta WRC) +5m24.0s
5 Martin Prokop (Ford Fiesta WRC) +8m02.5s
6 Benito Guerra (Ford Fiesta WRC) +10m33.6s
9 Kris Meeke (Citroen DS3 WRC) +17m18.9s