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Rally de Portugal: We knew we could do something good - Meeke

Kris Meeke: A few weeks back, when we knew what we were doing and this was one of our rallies, you suspected coming here with a good road position you could do something good...
Kris Meeke says he knew he could do well this weekend on Rally de Portugal, although he was still delighted to “not put a foot wrong” en-route to victory.

Meeke dominated the fifth round in the World Rally Championship in his PH Sport-run Citroen DS 3 WRC and made the most of his low start position to secure his second WRC victory, beating the Volkswagen's of Andreas Mikkelsen and Sebastien Ogier.

“It's been a very good weekend and from a personal point of view, not to put a foot wrong all weekend [is good too],” said the Abu Dhabi Total WRT man, who is just doing selected events this season.

“We came here knowing we could do something good. But we're not affecting a championship, so it's just a case of picking some rallies this year that keep me sharp [before Citroen returns in 2017]. I really enjoyed this rally last year – the stages have a really nice profile. And we had good speed here last year and I think we used our experience.

“The weather in the lead-up to the event, for sure on the recce, wasn't looking like we would have any benefit but there were a couple of days of sunshine. Friday wasn't perfectly clear but Saturday morning, for sure, we were able to make a good difference [with the lower start position].

“From Saturday lunchtime, it was a case of trying to protect it and not to put a foot wrong. To come here, do my job and get the result is very pleasing.”

Pressed on if he thought he could actually win though, he added: “A few weeks back, when we knew what we were doing and this was one of our rallies, you suspected coming here with a good road position you could do something good. But it is never simple to win a rally in the WRC. The weather in the lead-up changed our minds a little bit but the road position did play into our hands a bit.”

Meanwhile, Meeke paid tribute to PH Sport, the team charged with running the DS 3 WRCs in the World Rally Championship this season while Citroen is on its sabbatical.

“I must thank the entire team and PH Sport for the work done this weekend. It [the win] is good for me, good for the team and good for PH Sport – not forgetting that we are not under the official Citrown banner this year and the guys from PH Sport have done an incredible job.

“So I am really happy,” he concluded.
by Rob Wilkins



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Kris Meeke (GBR) Citroen DS3 WRC, Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team
Kris Meeke (GBR)-Paul Nagle (IRL) Citroen DS3 WRC, Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team
Kris Meeke (GBR)-Paul Nagle (IRL) Citroen DS3 WRC, Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team
Kris Meeke (GBR)-Paul Nagle (IRL) Citroen DS3 WRC, Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team

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Rowdy75

May 27, 2016 8:21 AM

Something good eh, anyone else read the reports Capito said it devalues the sport! The thing I find strange is, the comment comes from a man that said last year if he ran four cars he would like Kris in one. I was also under the impression kris and Jost got on quite well. Coupled to the fact vw Motorsport tweeted congratulating kris on an amazing drive, I can only think these comments come from pressure from Ogier. He really is a moaner, and could do well to learn from his French compatriot Leferbvre, who seems genuinely pleased for Kris, and has probably tweeted more about his win than Kris has himself. Seems like a geniune nice bloke.



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