Meeke scales the heights to shine on Mont Blanc
It was ‘job done’ for Kris Meeke on the Rallye Mont Blanc in France.
Ulster’s Intercontinental Challenge champion stepped down from his Kronos Racing Super 2000 Peugeot to drive Citroen’s newest customer rally car, the DS3 R3, on its French debut and brought it home in 11th place overall.
More importantly, Meeke succeeded in winning the two-wheel-drive category and saw off Emmanual Giugou in the R3 Clio of rivals Renault despite the Citroen suffering from fading brakes on the steep downhill sections of the Alpine stages on Friday.
The rally was won by local hero Dany Snobeck in a WRC Peugeot 307 and all the cars ahead of Meeke were WRC or S2000 cars including the Peugeot 207 of Bryan Bouffier in third place.
Meanwhile, Marty McCormack retained his second place in the French Citroen Racing Trophy championship with a solid third place finish in his category at Monte Blanc.
And now faced with the dilemma of trying to retain his Irish CRT title and winning in France, the Draperstown driver has decided to try and do both!
“There are three French rounds left but the next one in Alsace is on the same weekend as the Cork International, the last round of the Irish championship,” he explained.
“I’ve talked it over with the Citroen people here in Morzine and they’ve advised I go to Cork instead of Alsace and then come back to France for the final two rounds.”
Although he closed the gap to the French series leader, McCormack was slightly disappointed not to have taken second place at Mont Blanc. “I had a big spin on the super-special stage which was costly and I just wasn’t able to pull the time back,” he said.