Kris Meeke

Kris rounds off 2016 season

Sunday, 30th October 2016 - by Site Admin
Kris rounds off 2016 season

Kris has secured a top-five placing on his final competitive outing of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB.

After being held up by slow punctures during a frustrating second day on his home round of the series, the Northern Irishman entered today’s final few stages in a relatively secure fifth. He and his co-driver Paul Nagle elected to adopt a conservative approach, just focusing on bringing their DS 3 WRC back to the finish and gaining yet more experience ahead of their real goal, a push towards the 2017 championship title.

‘We didn’t really have much to gain from today,’ said Kris, ‘so we just tried to find a nice rhythm and get more miles under our belt with a World Rally Car on these stages. I didn’t even take any risks on the Power Stage at the end because we didn’t need the points. Every time you go over the roads in this type of car, you learn something new, so it’s been useful.

‘It’s been great driving in front of my home fans, but it was impossible to really do anything this time out. We know our package isn’t so great when conditions are like this and our road position also hampered us. For sure, we’ll be back next year and hopefully we can get ourselves into a championship placing that gives us a better road position. I’m looking forward to 2017 already.’

Kris’s focus now shifts back towards more development tests with his 2017 challenger, the Citroen C3 WRC, as he and Nagle build up towards the opening round of next season, January’s Monte Carlo Rally.

Wales Rally GB – leading finishers
1 Sebastien Ogier (VW Polo WRC) 3h14m30.2s
2 Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta WRC) +10.2s
3 Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1m35.4s
4 Hayden Paddon (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1m54.9s
5 Kris Meeke (DS 3 WRC) +2m35.2s
6 Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20 WRC) +4m02.6s