WRC Rallye Deutschland: Meeke vows to eliminate errors

Kris Meeke: I really need to get it together. My future is on the line.
Citroen's Kris Meeke has vowed to keep working to eliminate the errors after more disappointment in Germany last weekend.

Meeke had been running fourth until he went off in SS6 on Friday afternoon and damaged part of the suspension on his DS 3 WRC.

The subsequent time loss dropped him down to 25th position, and while he did climb back up, finishing twelfth and setting some good times – including going second quickest in the event ending Power Stage – the mistake on day one was his fourth in as many events and Meeke knows, more than anyone, exactly what is at stake.

“The pace has been good,” he told the official WRC site at the end of day two on Saturday, “but we already knew that. I really need to get it together.

“My future is on the line.”

Speaking after the finish on Sunday, the Ulsterman was equally hard on himself: “We had a clean run on the final day. But I did something stupid on day one so you don't want to do anything stupid on the last [test].

“I'm very disappointed but you just have to get on with it.”

Back in service, Meeke added: “As our chances of a good result disappeared after my mistake on Friday, we had to find other sources of motivation.

“Three kilometres into the Power Stage, I felt confident so I decided to push to try and score a few points. It means that the rally ends on a positive note, but overall it has been a disappointing weekend. I'm going to keep working to eliminate these errors and I hope to do better at the next few rounds on tarmac, especially the Tour de Corse, which will be new for everyone.”

Meeke had been aiming for a podium in Germany. He now has four events left – in Australia, Corsica, Spain and GB - to turn things around.
by Rob Wilkins

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

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August 26, 2015 4:13 PM

See, this is why I don't go on crash very often anymore. Who wants to read stupid comments from Muppets like general (1st comment made) Most Top Rally drivers would be lucky to break into the Top 20 of a WRC event in a Top line WRC car, the speed and the skill set required is simply that high. Kris is one of the best Rally drivers in the WRC, often out pacing his Team mate Mads Ostberg. Sadly he has an issue with making small mistakes that he cant seem to shake right now. McRae, Latvala, Tanak, Novikov, Gronholm, even Ogier have all had a period of crashes one after the other. Hes not destroying cars, but he is going off and losing precious points and that's not ideal. I am sure he will turn a corner sooner or later. He is a Top WRC driver though.

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