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Meeke will hit back, says team boss

Team boss Marc van Dalen has backed his lead driver Kris Meeke to fight back following the crash that put him out of the Monte Carlo Rally last week.

Meeke, the defending Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion, was in second place when he slid off the road on a patch of black ice on the opening stage of the second leg of the event.

Although his Peugeot UK 207 S2000 suffered nothing more than a cracked front bumper, the car was stranded down a bank and Meeke and co-driver Paul Nagle were forced to retire.

"It was a mistake and it can happen," said van Dalen, the co-owner of Meeke's Kronos Racing team. "But I am not going to blame him because we win as a team and we lose as a team and I know he will come back from this, starting in Brazil when I hope we can win again."


Tagged as: Kris Meeke , crash , Monte Carlo

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Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

February 01, 2010 10:04 AM

cont. has got to be the way to go. I came in on Friday evening, watched the live SS12 & SS13 footage with the cars driving through the stages in the dark then went out for a drink. People were talking about it in the pub. North One and the WRC should sit up and take notice. With Malcolm Wilson there, and Olivier Quesnel, Ford and Citreon may view the IRC as offering better value for money. The WRC needs to give the events greater flexibility to return to their classic formats, otherwise, one by one, they'll follow the Monte organisers and sign up with the IRC.

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

February 01, 2010 9:59 AM

It's true, many top drivers have gone off on the Monte in the past. It's an event drivers seem to find the knack of (think Loeb, Makkinen etc.) and win more than once, or struggle on, i.e. Colin McRae, ironically, Kris Meeke's mentor. It's a shame Kris went off, as he was in good shape, and it would have been fascinating to see how he faired against Hirvonen and Ogier. Likewise, it's a shame Ogier went off on Day 1, and then retired on the last night. Would have been great to see how it would have panned out had everyone finished. Fantastic coverage from Eurosport though. Letting the rally's decide their own format, and live in car coverage in the evening when you come in from work



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