Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Meeke in big demand so just give us a Kris

The organisers of the Chatsworth Rally Show have been quick to capitalise on Kris Meeke's rapid rise to the top of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

The Ulster driver, who leads the global IRC series after his victories in Brazil and the Azores, has been invited to make a guest appearance with the Peugeot UK team's Super 2000 Peugeot 207 at the rally extravaganza which takes place in the grounds of the Derbyshire stately home on June 6 and 7.

And he will be joined by Circuit of Ireland winner Eugene Donnelly who will lead the Irish team in a Nations' Cup competition which features England, Wales and Germany.

Meeke is scheduled to make demonstration runs over the two-mile stage but show organiser, fellow Ulsterman Malcolm Neill, is hopeful he may be permitted by Peugeot to take part in one of the competitive elements — possibly even the Nations' Cup.

Peugeot have already been co-operative, rescheduling a planned two-day tarmac test for Meeke ahead of the next IRC round, the Ypres Rally in Belgium on June 18/20, so that he can appear at Chatsworth.

Meeke is much in demand these days and immediately after his Azores victory last weekend he flew to Scotland to help launch the Scottish round of the IRC which ends the series in November.

But it took little persuasion for him to accept an invitation to return to the West Indies at the end of the month to drive a privately entered Subaru Impreza on the Barbados Rally — an event he won last year.

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