Friday | 15 May 2015

Meeke: ‘Argentina win changes nothing’

Kris Meeke insists his strategy for the remainder of the 2015 WRC season has not changed, despite him breaking his winning duck at XION Rally Argentina last month.

The Citroën driver led a surprise one-two finish for the French team in South America and admits his confidence has been given a significant boost after a largely forgettable start to the current season.

But Meeke says his approach to the remaining nine rallies, starting with next week’s Vodafone Rally de Portugal (21 - 24 May), will remain the same as he looks to build on his current run of form.

He said: “After winning my first WRC rally, perhaps the pressure is off me a little bit. In Argentina, everything worked out perfectly.

“I know we still have a lot to do in order to be competitive at all of the rallies, but we’ll have to keep going and stick to our strategy. I’m not going to set myself any new goals. I just need to be very consistent and avoid making any mistakes.”

Meeke and Norwegian team-mate Mads Østberg will travel to the new-look Vodafone Rally de Portugal with a number of new aerodynamic parts fitted to the front of their DS 3 WRCs and the cars will also feature a new striking livery.

A new bumper and redesigned wings have been introduced to provide greater vertical load on the front axle and reduce the drag coefficient.

“The integration of aerodynamic changes to the front end are expected to be profitable,” team principal, Yves Matton, said.

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