Meeke's Corsica feeling returns
Kris Meeke will start this week's all-asphalt ADAC Rallye Deutschland [17 - 20 August] in positive spirits after rediscovering the same feeling inside his Citroën C3 that propelled him to the lead of the championship's last sealed-surface round.
Meeke streaked away from his rivals at April's Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse, and built an advantage of 16.4sec before he was forced to retire on day two with an engine problem.
Now, after a run of five difficult gravel events for Citroën, and a period on the sidelines for Meeke, the WRC returns to asphalt and Meeke hopes to continue where he left off.
“At the Tour de Corse, we saw the C3 WRC’s potential on Tarmac. Germany is a different challenge, but I’ve got that same great feeling I had during testing," he said.
Rallye Deutschland is a WRC event with special significance for Citroën. A record of 11 straight wins from 2002 make it the French manufacturer's most successful WRC round.
But that winning run came to an end in 2013 and this year the team has pulled out all the stops in testing in an effort to get back on top. Meeke, Andreas Mikkelsen and Craig Breen worked in stints at a marathon seven-day pre-event test.
Nine-time world champ Sebastien Loeb - also a nine-time winner in Germany - added his own feedback on the final day.
“In preparation for this rally, we set up one of the most intense testing sessions in the history of Citroën Racing," explained team principal Yves Matton.
"Everything appears to be following on consistently after the Tour de Corse, where we showed how competitive the C3 WRC is on Tarmac," he added.
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