Kris Meeke comes to Wales, looking to end his successful 2016 season on a high and take momentum into a full-time program with Citroën in 2017. Kris Meeke comes into what will be his final round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship season at the 2016 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, hoping to end what can be considered a successful year.
The Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team driver has taken two wins on gravel this year in Portugal and Finland and took second in Wales last year for Citroën, so he and his co-driver Paul Nagle know that they are more than capable of challenging for victory.
With a return to full-time driving on the cards in 2017, Meeke knows that it is vital to head into the new season with momentum and with nine years worth of experience on this event, the Northern Irishman has the resources to accomplish that.
“It’s the event that I know the best and I feel at home here. Last year, I secured a good result with second place, but we all know that the weather and the running order are more important in Wales than anywhere else!
“Obviously, the first car has an enormous advantage. Once the racing lines become covered with a layer of greasy, slippery mud, it doesn’t budge… Bearing in mind that we’re ninth on the road, it’s likely to be very difficult for us. In any case, I can’t wait to get started.”
The event kicks off with the ceremonial start which will be held on Thursday evening at the Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay.