World Rally Championship: Kris Meeke discusses 2019 return with Toyota

Northern Ireland driver Kris Meeke has held talks with the Toyota team about a potential return to the World Rally Championship in 2019. Toyota team principal Tommi Makinen revealed that he had spoken to Meeke about driving a Yaris WRC next year.

Kris Meeke was dropped by Citroen after crashing out in Rally Portugal

“I spoke with Kris, he could be one option, one possibility. We had a telephone conversation just recently,” Makinen told Autosport.

Meeke was dropped by Citroen after crashing out of Rally Portugal in May.

Makinen looks likely to need a replacement for Esapekka Lappi next season as last year’s Rally Finland winner is reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Citroen.

“We will speak to [Toyota in] Japan and we look at different options. For sure Kris is very fast driver, sometimes even too fast. But I think he is at the [right] age and experience, everything, I’m pretty sure he could do well.”

The 39-year-old is a five-time world rally winner but parted company with Citroen, for whom he had driven since 2013, after what they described as “an excessively high number of crashes”.

Source: BBC Motorsport