Kris Meeke

Kris fastest in Monte shakedown

Wednesday, 20th January 2016 - by Site Admin
Kris fastest in Monte shakedown

Kris set fastest time on this afternoon’s shakedown test for the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship, Rallye Monte Carlo.

The pre-event test was held in challenging conditions, with slush and mud being pulled onto the road by every passing car. As such, the times generally got slower with every run, but Kris’s first effort was good enough to net him the top spot on the timesheets, just ahead of reigning champion Sebastien Ogier.

‘Everything went well, as you can see from the timesheets,’ said Kris, who went on to complete four passes through the stage in his DS 3 WRC. ‘Shakedown’s not that important, really, and it’s not that representative of the event here, but it’s still nice to have that good rhythm right at the start of a rally. We start now the journey down south to Monte Carlo, and the rally starts tomorrow evening.

‘It’s going to be a really tricky event, with testing conditions. During the recce we saw a bit of everything, really; we had some snow, then it disappeared quite quickly, but if it’s clear at night then the damp roads will turn to ice in some places. It’s like a normal Monte, really, in that you have to expect the unexpected.

‘We start with two difficult stages in the dark tomorrow evening, and like always tyre choice is going to be critical. So we need to be making the right decisions, inside and outside of the car. We don’t have a specific target for the weekend. We’re just here to try our best and try to enjoy it, so we’ll hopefully have a good run.’

The Rallye Monte Carlo’s ceremonial start is tomorrow evening, before two stages in darkness. The bulk of the mileage is on Friday and Saturday; the second of those days includes a monster 51km stage, run twice, and a 36km run between Sisteron and Thoard. There are just three stages on Sunday, including the final test, the Power Stage.