by Rob Wilkins.
Kris Meeke may not have had the results he wanted in Spain or Corsica this year, but one thing is for sure, the Brit has again showed he has the pace to shine. Here speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio
he reflects on those two events and talks about the rest of the season and his hopes to take in a few rounds in the BRC and possibly again get out in the WRC in the 'senior' category...
Kris, you've just done two events in the Junior WRC in Spain and Corsica. Let's start with Spain, you managed to take third despite that problem on day one when you collided with the stricken Focus of Jari-Matti Latvala. Was it a case of six points gained when you recovered to take third or four lost, as the win looked very likely prior to that problem with Latvala?
You can look on it in many different ways. There was one point on the road section when the police had stopped us that for sure I thought we would have to use the SupeRally system and it would have been a big struggled to get any points. In that view it was definitely six points gained.
But in another way it was very frustrating because the police sat there on the road section deciding whether to make a decision or not on if I could continue with a police escort. They held me for 40 minutes and then decided I could go. It was totally out of my hands.
However I have to hold my hands up. I was the one who made the mistake initially and hit Latvala's car and took my wheels off. I wouldn't have been in that situation if the circumstances had been different. So there are many different ways to look at it but at the end of day we came away with six points. We showed some very good pace and I was extremely happy with the team's performance and my own performance.
Staying with that incident what exactly was the issue. Was there a lack of flags or something warning you about Latvala's car?
To be honest I have looked over it on the in car re-play and the first time you see it you go 'Jesus' - it all happened so quickly. The more and more you look at it, it is very difficult to tell.
I know exactly what happened now from studying it. I just gave myself an extra couple of… using my line I would be cutting the corner. I came down, saw everybody slowing me up, I slowed up and rather than tuck to the inside of the corner and commitment to my normal line, I gave myself an extra couple of inches berth. However, where I turned in was on the same gravel that he [Latvala] under-steered on into the bridge. As soon as I turned in, I was under-steering already on the gravel and then I saw him and the car was moving across the road. There was very little I could do after that. It is very difficult to analyse a situation like that. It is not something you come across very often and it is the first time I have been in a situation like that in my career. So it is unfortunate the way it turned out but that's motorsport - it is unpredictable some times.
Following that you went to France and you were dominating the event, until engine problems near the end of day two. How frustrating was it, especially as you couldn't re-start on Sunday under the SupeRally format?