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Meeke gives Mini UK debut at Burns Memorial

By Sammy Hamill

Kris Meeke will make his British debut in the new WRC Mini Countryman on the Richard Burns Memorial Rally in August.

Taking place at RAF Marham in Norfolk on August 13/14, the event comes just five days before the Prodrive-developed Mini appears on Rally Deutschland, its first time on a tarmac round of the World championship.

“Coming so close to Germany, this will be a good final test for that event and anything we can do to help causes like the Richard Burns Foundation or the Colin McRae Vision are really important,” said the former Intercontinental Challenge champion from Dungannon.

Prodrive have a long-standing association with the Burns Memorial Rally.

It was in the Prodrive Subaru team that Burns won the World title in 2001 but he died of a brain tumour in 2005 at the age of 34.

Meeke, meanwhile, was in Italy last week carrying out extensive tarmac testing.

He covered almost 300 miles over two days and claimed he couldn't be happier with the car.

“To be honest, I didn't want to get out of the car,” he said. “It was fantastic.

“We didn't have any problems at all and we tested plenty of suspension and roll bar settings.

“When we go to Germany for our next test, we'll be ready to focus on the set-up for the event and that's a good position to be in.”

He also insisted the throttle problem which forced his retirement on the Mini’s debut on the Rally d’Italia in Sardinia last month had been solved.

“The new part is now totally tried and tested and the issues we had in Sardinia have been put to bed.

“I have no concerns about that at all now,” he added.

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