by Rob Wilkins.
Britain's Kris Meeke will resume his battle for honours in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship next month when he takes in the ADAC Rallye Deutschland and the Neste Rally Finland. Here he speaks exclusively to Crash.net Radio
about what he has been up to since his last event with the Citroen
C2 S1600 in Corsica - and he also gives us his thoughts on the decisions made by the World Motor Sport Council last week...
Kris, the last time we spoke was back in June following the JWRC events in Spain and Corsica. I believe you have done several tests since then with the Citroen
C2, how are things looking ahead of your next two events in Germany and Finland?
Yeah things are looking quite good. I just arrived home this morning [Thursday July 13] from a test in Finland, which was quite an extensive test and everything seems to be in good shape. Two weeks ago we were in Germany and did two days testing there as well. Citroen
are a very professional outfit, they take no chances and they prepare very well for the events. As I say we are in good shape and hopefully come the events we can pull everything together and get some good results.
Are there any more tests planned prior to those events?
No - that should be it until Germany. I think we have three or four weeks until Germany now and even with the Junior WRC this year, we have regulations, which means we are not allowed to test in a country two weeks before the rally. So we had to get everything done on time and so, as I say, there is no more testing before the event.
What are you aims for those two events?
I have been in the JWRC for a number of years now and you get that you tend not to predict your results going into any event. For sure we are preparing to do the best we can. I am confident in the car and I am confident in my own ability, it is just a case of bringing everything together and getting the best out of it. I am sure we will be satisfied if everything happens the way we want.
The last round of the JWRC was in Sardinia, you of course didn't do that one as it is not one of your nominated events. It wasn't a very positive event for your C2 colleagues though was it?
Not particularly, no - obviously in that event there were a lot of punctures and a lot of people were slowed by punctures. In some respects the rough gravel events are settled by punctures, which is a bit unfortunate, but I think in Germany and Finland that same risk will not be there. Of course you can pick up a puncture anywhere, but it is more of a problem on events like Sardinia.
I think [Patrik] Sandell drove a good rally [to take the JWRC win in Sardinia though] and he deserved to come away with the points.
You competed in the Polish WRC candidate event in mid-June with the Citroen
C2-R2, winning the two-wheel drive category. What did you make of that event? Did it deserve a place on the calendar?