Rally Finland winner Kris Meeke has denied claims his Citroen DS3 WRC was running with any development parts last weekend, adding it was an “identical spec” to that which he used twelve months ago.
Citroen is taking a sabbatical this season, focusing on developing its new 2017 World Rally Car, with the satellite PH Sport squad charged with running the DS3 WRCs on selected events under the Abu Dhabi Total WRT banner.
After dominating in Finland, however, Meeke revealed any suggestions the car had any new bits on it were wide of the mark.
“The biggest complement I've had this weekend is probably someone's comment that there's some 2017 parts on the DS3,” Meeke said.
“To be honest we had a pre-event test on Sunday [before the event] where we did 150 kilometres and it's identical spec to last year. We tried different things on the test and we arrived back at the same thing.”
Meeke also added that the reason he was so strong was all down to confidence and the fact the DS3 WRC is still very competitive. He also had an advantage with his road position too.
“The rally was different this year [to last]. I had another year under my belt, we've seen in Monte this year and Sweden and Portugal that my speed was good, my confidence was high and when you come to a rally where confidence is key, I think that made the difference,” he explained.
“But the car's been exceptional [too]. We know the DS3 works very well here, especially on the wide roads. That gave me the confidence and I was able to do the times.”
Despite that, however, Meeke did concede the data gathered in Finland will be useful for next year.
“For sure we can take information from this [weekend] to continue to develop the new car because we know what works in Finland and we know where we have to improve for other rallies, but the DS3 is still a very good rally car,” he summed-up.