Kris Meeke will make his debut on the Rallye Deutschland this weekend, the sixth round in the Junior WRC.

The Ulsterman looked set to win in Finland earlier this month, however a mistake on day two put pay to his hopes and although he managed to salvage some points, he slipped down in the rankings from third to fifth place overall, eight points behind fellow Brit, Guy Wilks, who currently leads the championship, but who has contested one more event.

Speaking in the build-up to the German event, which starts this Friday, Meeke said he is feeling confident, following a positive test with the Citroen C2 on asphalt.

"I spent two days testing in Alsace two weeks before Finland," he explained. "Everything went well and we were able to test a number of evolutions, mainly concerning to the shock absorbers.

"We also worked on the set-up and, at the end of the session, I felt very confident with the C2 which is very easy to drive.

"This will though be my first time actually competing in the Deutschland Rally, although I did the recce two years ago and that gave me a bit of an idea. My co-driver Glenn [Patterson] did the event last year.

"Colin [McRae - my mentor] says it's a rally with numerous changes of grip and that the weather conditions can cause havoc. It's also technically challenging with stages that can be very dirty. I just mustn't make any mistakes. I feel confident in the car and the team. I will just have to work hard, notably during recce, so as to reduce the risk of error."

As for his Finland off, Meeke added that it is still something of a sore point, however he is determined to learn from it.

"Finland was a very frustrating event for me," he continued. "Everyone makes a point of getting it right and I made a mistake. On the Friday, we proved that the car was very competitive and that we were quick. Unfortunately, I got the note for one particular corner wrong during recce. My speed and corner angle were correct, but not the line. Going off was tough, both for the team and for us.

"I was in the lead and my mistake probably cost me victory. But I intend to learn from the incident, especially concerning my note taking. The positive thing is that the C2 is competitive and was the car to beat in Finland."

 

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