IRC: Meeke set to skip Rally Barbados

Reigning IRC champion Kris Meeke is unlikely to compete on the Sol Rally Barbados at the end of May due to a clash with the start of the recce for the Rally d'Italia Sardegna, round four in the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
Fresh from victory in last weekend's Rally Internacional de Curitiba in Brazil, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle have cast serious doubts on their chances of returning to attempt a hat-trick of wins on Sol Rally Barbados.

Nagle told the recently maxrally.com that they will almost certainly be unable to make it, because of the close proximity of the recce for Rally d'Italia-Sardegna, the fourth round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), which takes place the following weekend [June 4-6].

“There's just no way we could do the rally and be ready for the start of the recce in Sardinia, because they're just one week apart,” Nagle explained. “It's not great, because it's a great event, but Kris and I know our priority is the IRC.”

Meeke's victory in the Kronos Racing-run Peugeot UK-backed 207 Super 2000 was his second in the two-day gravel rally in Brazil, and his fifth in the IRC, marking a new IRC record. Meeke and Nagle have won Sol Rally Barbados for the past two years, first in a Toyota Corolla World Rally Car, then last year in a Subaru Impreza WRC S9.

“Naturally, it will be disappointing not to see Kris and Paul competing this year, particularly as they have been such a hit with our fans and fellow competitors alike, but changes to the IRC calendar mean their next event is two weeks' closer to ours than it was last year,” added Sol Rally Barbados chairman Barry Gale.

“And, on behalf of everyone here, I must say 'congratulations' to Kris and Paul on their second win in Brazil. Caribbean fans have a habit of 'adopting' the overseas competitors who come all this way to entertain us, such as Kris and Mark Higgins, and we follow their exploits around the world with great interest.”

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Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle. Peugeot 207 S2000. Rally Internacional de Curitiba [Pic credit: IRC]

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whizzo - Unregistered

May 26, 2010 9:15 PM

i am really sorry that kris won,t be here in barbados this year because i wanted to see him with his owncar beating his main contender here again we will surely miss him this year because we love our rallying and especially when we have great competion wishing you the best of luck kris in your upcoming rallies,

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