IRC: Meeke in car swap

Kronos Racing has confirmed that Peugeot UK's Kris Meeke will not be able to use his original 207 S2000 on the Rally de Curitiba in Brazil next month, the second round in the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

Meeke's car suffered irreparable chassis damage in the roll that put the 29-year-old out of the season opener in Monte Carlo.

With insufficient time to build a replacement, Meeke will now transfer to the same car that Sebastien Ogier used to win at the Principality.

"It is no problem for Kris because all our cars are the same specification so it will be easy for him to change cars," explained Kronos Racing team principal Marc van Dalen.

"It may even provide him with some good luck because it is not only the car Ogier used in Monte Carlo but it is also the same car Juho Hanninen used to win Rally Russia last season."

van Dalen meanwhile believes that Brazil's first appearance in the IRC will be a big success.

Indeed he is impressed with the format of the event - and the fact the finishing ceremony will take place at the Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba, the city's racing circuit, which hosts a round of the World Touring Car Championship the following day.

"It is a very good idea by the organisers and they should be congratulated for their efforts," added van Dalen. "It will be great for the spectators [at the race circuit] but also for the IRC because it will be seen by a new audience and that can only be good.

“I have seen a DVD of the stages too and it looks like a very nice rally with some fast and smooth roads."

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Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle - Peugeot UK 207 S2000. Rallye Monte Carlo January 20-24 2009 [Pic credit: IRC].

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