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Kris Meeke

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Info

Nationality:  GBR
Date of Birth: 02.07.1979
Age: 36
Birthplace: Dungannon (NIR)
First Rally: 2002, Great Britain
Rally Wins: 1
Website: www.krismeeke.com

Season 2015

Classification: WRC
Car No: 3
Team: Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Co-driver: Paul Nagle
Points: 112
Standing: 5
Rally Wins: 1
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 3

Here’s what makes him special:

• His career was rebooted in 2013, thanks largely to the faith of Citroën team boss Yves Matton

• Early on, his raw talent got him noticed by Colin McRae, who became his mentor

• Like McRae, he’s fast but he can be accident prone

• Lacks experience on several rallies, but makes up for that with bravery and 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 Citroën 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 Citroën 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.

He burst back onto the international stage in 2009, 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 Citroën team manager Yves Matton threw him a lifeline with two event trials in a DS 3 World Rally Car. Despite crashing on both outings, Matton stood by his man and handed Meeke a full programme for 2014.

The decision proved to be a wise one, and Meeke repaid him with some excellent results including four podiums and a near victory in Germany. With a full season at Citroën under his belt, Meeke has never been in a better position to go after rally wins.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte Carlo WRC Paul Nagle 10. 1+3
Rally Sweden WRC Paul Nagle 7. 6
Rally Guanajuato México WRC Paul Nagle 16. 0
Xion Rally Argentina WRC Paul Nagle 1. 25
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Paul Nagle 4. 12
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Paul Nagle 24. 0
LOTOS 72nd Rally Poland WRC Paul Nagle 7. 6
Neste Oil Rally Finland WRC Paul Nagle 18. 0+1
ADAC Rallye Deutschland WRC Paul Nagle 12. 2
Coates Hire Rally Australia WRC Paul Nagle 3. 15
Tour de Corse Rallye de France WRC Paul Nagle 4. 12
RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada WRC Paul Nagle 5. 10+1
Wales Rally GB WRC Paul Nagle 2. 18

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