WRC Wales Rally GB: Meeke ends 14 year drought for Britain with home podium

Citroen's Kris Meeke concludes 2015 WRC season with a strong second place finish on Wales Rally GB, gives Britain its first home podium since 2001, when Richard Burns finished third to secure the title
Kris Meeke became the first British driver to finish on the Wales Rally GB podium since 2001 this weekend with a strong drive to second.

It was Meeke's third podium of the season – following his maiden WRC victory in Argentina and his third place finish in Australia - and he felt his performance was probably one of his strongest to date, with the Ulsterman posting top-three times in every test on Friday - including winning SS4 - and posting 13 top-three times in total from a possible 19.

The result - along with the seventh position secured by team-mate, Mads Ostberg – also ensured Citroen finished second in the Manufacturers', six points up on Hyundai.

“This was probably my strongest performance to date,” Meeke confirmed. “It was a better drive than when I won in Argentina earlier this year. It was obviously a tough rally, but we established a really good set-up for the car, settled into a good rhythm and I felt very comfortable.

“We did the job we set out to do and ticked both boxes with the podium and second place for Citroen in the manufacturers' standings.

“This is also my first second place in the WRC, and it's nice to score it this weekend, 20 years on from Colin McRae's famous victory. His spirit can always be felt at Rally GB, right down to the people out on the stages bearing Scottish flags.

“To be the first British driver to finish on the podium here in 14 years is fantastic for me and for all the loyal fans. Their support in this weather has been incredible, so hats off to them.”

Meeke was close to eventually winner Sebastien Ogier on the first day, but added that fighting with the Frenchman was never the target, given the importance of ensuring Citroen secured second spot in the Manufacturers'.

“I was concentrating on my own feeling,” Meeke continued. “I set one good time in Hafren, but in these conditions Hafren is not full wet and we had some of the slippery conditions.

“In there, it's nearly more slippery in the dry. It's so inconsistent, if you feel confident, maybe you can make a few seconds in one stage.

“I don't think we were ever a serious threat to Seb, he had plenty in the pocket. But it's nice for me to finish second. I enjoyed the event and [as I said] I feel confident we ticked all the boxes in doing the job for Citroen and scoring my first ever second place.”
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)

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