WRC Rallye Monte Carlo: Tenth and Power Stage win for Meeke

Citroen's Kris Meeke fights back to tenth on Rallye Monte Carlo and wins the Power Stage
Britain's Kris Meeke battled back to secure tenth place and win the Power Stage on Rallye Monte Carlo last weekend, the 2015 WRC season opener.

Meeke had been running fourth until around halfway through SS8, the final test on Friday, when he slid wide and went off into a ditch. He was unable to re-join and had to retire from the leg.

That dropped him to 21st, but under Rally 2 he came back, winning three stages – including the final one – to leave with four points on the board, one for tenth place and three bonus points for the Power Stage win.

“The aim was to try and score some points in the Power Stage in order to end the rally on a high,” Meeke said.

“I managed the tyres on SS14 [the penultimate test]. That undoubtedly helped me to keep a 0.2-second gap at the end of the last stage.”

“I won a few stages this weekend and we were quick,” he added. “So that is a very pleasing point, because it means we clearly have the speed to compete.”

Speaking about his off in SS8 - the same test that claimed team-mate Sebastien Loeb - Meeke explained that he was unable continue as the incident left his DS 3 WRC with damaged suspension.

“In the middle of SS8, I slid wide on a fast left-hand corner. The car went sideways. I tried to steer into the skid to correct the trajectory, but we ended up in a ditch where we hit a small tree," he recalled. "We were unable to get away again because the rear suspension was broke."

So what is his verdict on the weekend overall?

“It has been an event of promise but also frustration,” he summarised on his official website. “Of course Friday's incident was disappointing, and it cost us the chance of a really good fight and finish. After that, we showed good times against Sebastien [Loeb], and it is great to get those Power Stage points – but I want to get results this year too.”
by Rob Wilkins

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Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)

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January 26, 2015 12:35 PM

I think this weekend gave Meeke a lot of confidence. To drive the same car as Loeb and compete against him and feel the energy flood back into the Citroen Team again. Meeke is however a potential future World Champion himself, however he would be a solid Champion in the making had he been at this stage in his career back in 2010 when he was 30 rather than 35. Gronholm was a late Bloomer, and Loeb is now 40 and obviously still has what it takes to compete for the win. Maybe Meeke can also be that late bloomer but next year would need to be the year that he starts winning regularly. To do this Citroen needs to really challenge the Polo with its DS3 if it wants to give its drivers the best Car to launch an assault I think Meeke has the necessary steely determination to be Champion and could may go on to do it if he keeps getting better and better. He has momentum on his side, even if he doesn't have age on his side

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