Citroen team boss Yves Matton has said he might still give Kris Meeke a go in a Citroen DS3 WRC on Wales Rally GB in November, despite the Ulsterman's woes last weekend in Australia.
Meeke was handed the drive in Oz after impressing on Rally Finland, where on his first outing in the DS3 WRC, he was immediately on the pace, comprehensively outperforming fellow Citroen man Dani Sordo to run fifth before rolling out of the event on the penultimate test.
Initially he again impressed 'Down under' too, topping the times in qualifying and was then running well in fourth until he rolled it in SS13
. It was a bitter blow, but he made matters worse the following day, when having re-started under the Rally 2 regulations, he retired again
, damaging his suspension in the final test and costing Citroen two vital manufacturers' points.
It seems though, that all might not be lost: “I explained to him [Meeke] before the rally that if he was doing what I asked here then he was doing GB. Now I think there is less chance that he is doing that, but I will wait a little bit. I never take a decision just after something happens. I need to think a little bit more. I think there is still some possibility," Matton told the official WRC site, wrc.com.
“For sure it doesn't help him, again [that he went out in SS22 on Sunday too],” Matton added. “On Sunday it was very simple for him to go to the end. I know that he was first on the road, cleaning the road. [But he had] nothing to do, only maybe bring back two points, yet at the end we went home with zero points for our second car. That's not positive.
“A lot depends on what happens in the Manufacturers' championship. I don't think I will take the decision before the end of Rallye de France.”