|Date of Birth:
||2002, Great Britain
||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Here’s what makes him special:
• After a false start with Mini, Kris has finally got his first full season in the World Championship
• Early on, his raw talent got him noticed by Colin McRae, who became his mentor
• Like McRae, he’s and fast but he can be accident prone
• Lacks experience on several rallies, but makes up for that with determination
The story so far
Meeke’s rally driving career began when he won a talent competition, which led to a season in the Peugeot 106 Super Cup in 2001.
His performance on a Scottish rally later that year brought him to the attention of Colin McRae who funded a British Junior Rally Championship assault in 2002, which culminated in Meeke taking the title.
A seven-event Junior WRC campaign in an Opel Corsa followed in 2003, but this was marred by a series of mechanical failures and accidents. It was a similar story in 2004, but he did enough to ensure another McRae-backed programme in 2005, this time in a Citroen C2 Super 1600. He finished every event he started and took his first class win at Rallye Monte-Carlo.
Meeke began the 2006 JWRC in a factory-supported Citroen C2. He led in Spain and Corsica and won in Germany. But with no funds to continue, Meeke switched to the Irish Championship in 2007 and managed selected outings in Super 1600 cars in 2008.
In 2009 Meeke burst back onto the international stage, winning the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in a Peugeot 207 S2000. He joined Mini’s new WRC team in 2011 but a combination of mechanical problems and driving errors meant he scored points on only two of the six rallies he started.
Budget restrictions squeezed him out of the Mini programme in 2012, but in 2013 his former Citroen team manager Yves Matton threw him a lifeline with two event trials in a DS3 world rally car. Despite crashing on both outings, Matton stood by his man and handed Meeke a full programme for 2014.
||Eleventh in World Rally Championship with one Power Stage victory
||Third in Intercontinental Rally Challenge with one win. Signs for MINI WRC Team
||Intercontinental Rally Challenge Champion with four victories. Wins Rally Barbados
||Wins Rally Barbados
||Third in Junior World Rally Championship with one win. Takes Subaru Impreza WRC to ninth overall on Rally GB
||British Super 1600 Rally Champion
||British Junior Rally Champion. Makes World Rally Championship debut in Great Britain