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Kris Meeke

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Nationality:  GBR
Date of Birth: 02.07.1979
Age: 39
Birthplace: Dungannon (NIR)
First Rally: 2002, Great Britain
Rally Wins: 5
Website: www.krismeeke.com

Season 2019

Classification: WRC
Car No: 5
Car: Toyota Yaris WRC
Team: Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team
Co-driver: Sebastian Marshall

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Here’s what makes him special:

• In his early days, his raw talent got him noticed by Colin McRae, who became his mentor

• After his career stalled, it was rebooted in 2013, thanks largely to the faith of Citroën boss Yves Matton

• He became the first British driver to top the podium in Finland, winning in 2016 in the fastest WRC rally ever

• Meeke harbours title hopes on Citroën’s WRC return as he heads the French manufacturer’s line-up for 2017 and 2018

The story so far

Meeke’s 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 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 Junior series in a factory-supported Citroën C2. He won in Germany, but with no funds to continue, his international career was put on hold.

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 a wise one, and Meeke repaid him with four podiums and a near victory in Germany. With a full season at Citroën under his belt, Meeke began 2015 in the best shape to go after rally wins - and in Argentina he got the first of his WRC career.

He was rewarded by the French manufacturer with a three-year contract, and in 2016 headed the development of Citroën’s new-for-2017 C3 World Rally Car as the squad took a sabbatical from full-time competition. He kept match fit with a half-season WRC programme, winning in Portugal before a stunning victory in Finland.

Much was expected of Meeke in 2017. Although the Ulsterman won in Mexico and Spain, they were successes that papered over the cracks of a disappointing season. The 2018 campaign proved worse and Meeke was axed by Citroën after a huge crash in Portugal in May.

He returns in 2019 with new co-driver Seb Marshall and a one-year contract at Toyota Gazoo Racing.

• In his early days, his raw talent got him noticed by Colin McRae, who became his mentor

• After his career stalled, it was rebooted in 2013, thanks largely to the faith of Citroën boss Yves Matton

• He became the first British driver to top the podium in Finland, winning in 2016 in the fastest WRC rally ever

• Meeke harbours title hopes on Citroën’s WRC return as he heads the French manufacturer’s line-up for 2017 and 2018

The story so far

Meeke’s 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 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 Junior series in a factory-supported Citroën C2. He won in Germany, but with no funds to continue, his international career was put on hold.

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 a wise one, and Meeke repaid him with four podiums and a near victory in Germany. With a full season at Citroën under his belt, Meeke began 2015 in the best shape to go after rally wins - and in Argentina he got the first of his WRC career.

He was rewarded by the French manufacturer with a three-year contract, and in 2016 headed the development of Citroën’s new-for-2017 C3 World Rally Car as the squad took a sabbatical from full-time competition. He kept match fit with a half-season WRC programme, winning in Portugal before a stunning victory in Finland.

Much was expected of Meeke in 2017. Although the Ulsterman won in Mexico and Spain, they were successes that papered over the cracks of a disappointing season. The 2018 campaign proved worse and Meeke was axed by Citroën after a huge crash in Portugal in May.

He returns in 2019 with new co-driver Seb Marshall and a one-year contract at Toyota Gazoo Racing.

Season Classification Starts 1. 2. 3. Car Points Standing
2018 WRC 4 0 0 1 CITROËN C3 WRC 43 14.
2017 WRC 11 2 0 0 CITROËN C3 WRC 77 7.
2016 WRC 7 2 0 0 Citroen DS3 WRC 64 9.
2015 WRC 13 1 1 1 DS 3 WRC 112 5.
2014 WRC 13 0 0 4 92 7.
2011 WRC 6 0 0 0 Mini John Cooper WRC 25 11.
2006 JWRC 3 0 0 0 20 7.
2005 JWRC 7 0 0 0 32 3.
2004 JWRC 3 0 0 0 19 7.
2003 JWRC 1 0 0 0 8 14.

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