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Rallye Monte Carlo: Meeke: Result could've been better

Kris Meeke: It's nice to prove that when I have an opportunity I can manage a rally, look to the future and see the bigger picture.
Citroen's Kris Meeke believes there is more to come from him following his inaugural podium finish on Rallye Monte Carlo and he has said on another weekend the result could have possibly been even better.

The Ulsterman finished third on Saturday on the 2014 WRC season opener to become the first Brit to stand on the rostrum since the late Colin McRae back in 2003 [see separate story - HERE] and at the finish he added that he hadn't had one single 'big moment' throughout the three-days, even though the conditions were extremely tricky, to say the least.

“It's been my first asphalt rally in two and a half years. Okay it's maybe not asphalt but still my first rally in the DS3 on tarmac so I had to manage it and keep everything in check,” Meeke explained. “Seb [Ogier] drove an incredible rally and so did Bryan [Bouffier]. I saw a lot of drivers were having some hot moments pushing a lot, including Seb, but it was a drive of a champion to come back like he did. I did not have one big moment and there were no surprises throughout the rally. On another weekend you never know it could have been a better result. But I am so happy to get to the finish to build the confidence with the team and the car.”

Meeke had two guest runs with Citroen last season – showing great speed and potential, but ultimately not finishing - and he added that knowing this wasn't a one-off really helped him.

“It's really special for me to get my first proper opportunity with Citroen. To know I have a future is important and not that every stage and every rally is the only chance to prove what's possible,” he continued. “It's nice to prove that when I have an opportunity I can manage a rally, look to the future and see the bigger picture.

“This has been an incredibly difficult rally. Every stage was a surprise. There was just no consistency in the conditions and it came with a big sting in the tail that was Turini. That was special, however, [and] I enjoyed it. I'm really delighted to get the first podium with the first event in the team.”

So is this third place payback for Citroen's faith in him? “It's only [rally] number one of 13 events,” he warned, “but it's a nice way to start for sure. Motorsport is different; in football you are yourself, and in golf, but in motorsport you need a good car and good tools. To get the opportunity with Citroen, a team with so much knowledge and so much knowledge to help me is incredible and to be able to reward people who give you an opportunity is nice.”

Meanwhile, looking to the next event in Sweden, Meeke said it is likely to be a 'quiet' event for him.

“I have never driven a snow rally so Sweden's going to be an interesting experience for me. For sure I know it's impossible to do a good result the first time there so the plan is to be very quiet in Sweden and drive round to get the experience for next year,” he noted. “In fact I've never been to Mexico or Portugal either so I'll be quiet on the next three rallies. But the Championship is not the objective.

“I want to build my confidence and experience. I want to battle Seb in the future and get some rallies under my belt.”


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Kris Meeke (GB) Paul Nagle (IRL), Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Kris Meeke (GB) Paul Nagle (IRL), Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Kris Meeke (GB) Paul Nagle (IRL), Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Kris Meeke (GB) Paul Nagle (IRL), Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
19.01.2014- Podium, 1st position Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F), Volkswagen Polo R, Volkswagen Motorsport, 2nd position Bryan Bouffier (FRA) Xavier Panseri (FRA), Ford Fiesta WRC and Kris Meeke (GB) Paul Nagle (IRL), Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Winners, Sebastien Ogier (FRA), Julien Ingrasia (FRA), Volkswagen Polo R WRC, VW Motorsport
Kris Meeke (GB) Paul Nagle (IRL), Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Kris Meeke (GB) Paul Nagle (IRL), Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Kris Meeke (GB) Paul Nagle (IRL), Citroen DS3 WRC, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT

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DafyddLarcombe

January 24, 2014 1:19 PM
Last Edited 212 days ago

Very sensible Approach from Meeke on Monte, I do think we will see him more sensible in his approach on the next few events, 3rd on his 1st Rally with a Full season and driving with a cool head shows what he is capable of, maybe with this approach he will get a Top 5 in Sweeden and Portugal too, for sure he is less likely to go off if he is not Pushing 110% Mads should be able to push for the win in Sweeden, Im not sure Mikko will bring is A Game and Latvala should be a big threat for Mads. I think Ogier will probably either get stuck in a snow bank somewhere or he will win I think Meeke will be swapping times with Neuville Hirvonnen and Haninnen in or around 5th place overall. If all the Works cars were to finish I think it would look like this : 1.Ogier 2.Latvala 3.Ostberg 4.Hirvonnen 5.Meeke 6.Mikklesen 7.Hirvonnen 8.Tanak 9.Haninnen 10.Kubica 11.Tidemand 12.Prokop or Henning



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