5 October 2015
WRC Tour de Corse: Solid fourth for Meeke
Kris Meeke: It has not been a great weekend in terms of pace – and I would have liked to be quicker - but fourth place considering that isn't a bad result.
Ctiroen's Kris Meeke took a “solid” fourth place finish on Tour de Corse – Rallye de France last weekend.
Meeke ended the first day in eighth, before hauling himself up into the top-five on Saturday, a position he held to the end.
Reflecting at the finish, he said that while he wasn't overly pleased with his pace, he was happy with his overall position.
“It was a difficult rally, with one-off conditions,” Meeke noted. “I didn't feel confident at the start, but the aim was above all to finish the rally without any problems. Even on the final morning, we weren't expecting the roads to be so slippery in places. But fourth place is a solid result. I would have liked to be quicker, but the points scored were very important.”
Indeed, with team-mate Mads Ostberg coming home in sixth, Citroen has now re-taken second in the Manufacturers' Championship – one point up on Hyundai.
“One of our objectives for this season is to finish second in the Manufacturers' World Championship,” said Citroen boss, Yves Matton. “Finishing with both DS 3 WRCs in the top six of the Tour de Corse means we are now back in second position in the standings. It is therefore a satisfactory result at the end of what proved to be a rather unusual event.
"We have two rallies left to consolidate our position. In Spain and in Wales, we have to be just as focussed and committed to achieve our goal.”
Meanwhile, Ostberg said sixth was a “nice way to comeback” after he was forced to miss the last event following his crash in the recce.
“The weather made this rally especially difficult. I've never witnessed conditions like these at a rally,” Ostberg reflected. “On the first day, we were mainly trying to get to the end of the stages and that worked out pretty well. When the roads dried out, we weren't as quick and we lost a few places (including one on the final day), but sixth position is still a good result for us, for both championships - and a nice comeback after Australia."
“It's unusual to tackle such long stages and you need to manage the brakes and the tyres. We're now going to focus on Rally Catalunya and its mixed-surface itinerary. I'm looking forward to getting back onto gravel after missing Rally Australia,” he added.
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