Meeke tops Corsica warm-up
Kris Meeke claimed his third shakedown victory of the season in Thursday morning’s sun-kissed warm-up at Corsica linea - Tour de Corse.
The Briton was quickest through the 5.39km Sorbo Ocagnano test by 0.9sec from Sébastien Ogier’s Citroën C3. Meeke’s Toyota Yaris team-mate and championship leader, Ott Tänak, was a further 0.5sec behind in third.
Meeke posted the three fastest times of the morning on the dry asphalt. His opening run was the benchmark, until he shaved a tenth from it in his third and final pass.
“Unfortunately there are no points for shakedown, which is a real shame as I have been fastest on three of them this year!” Meeke joked.
“It felt good this morning and I have to try to carry that confidence and translate it through to the rally, that’s the important part. We tried a different setting on the final run and it still felt very good, so we have two nice options for the rally.
“It was a different damper which offers a different type of set-up. Both seemed to work quite well, and with the different characteristics of this rally I think we can use that,” he added.
Dani Sordo was the leading Hyundai i20 driver in fourth, 2.2sec off the pace. Jari-Matti Latvala ensured a third Yaris in the top five, while Elfyn Evans completed the top six in a Ford Fiesta.
The leading times were:
|1.||Kris Meeke||Toyota Yaris||3min 46.7sec|
|2.||Sébastien Ogier||Citroën C3||+ 0.9sec|
|3.||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris||+ 1.4sec|
|4.||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20||+ 2.2sec|
|5.||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris||+ 2.3sec|
|6.||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta||+ 2.5sec|
|7.||Esapekka Lappi||Citroën C3||+ 2.7sec|
|8.||Sébastien Loeb||Hyundai i20||+ 2.8sec|
|9.||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20||+ 3.4sec|
|10.||Teemu Suninen||Ford Fiesta||+ 4.6sec|