Kris Meeke on mission to reduce error count
Rally Argentina offers Kris Meeke the chance – some fear the last chance – to redeem himself after a string of errors have blighted his first World championship season with the Abu Dhabi Citroen team.
A season which began so brightly with a podium finish on the Monte Carlo Rally has gone disastrously downhill with Meeke crashing out on each of the next three rounds.
Indeed, Meeke might be surprised to be still in the team after the previous round in Portugal where he was heard on the in-car microphones telling co-driver Paul Nagle "that's my career over" as their Citroen DS3 came to halt yards off the road and deep in undergrowth.
The Dungannon driver was well off the pace on a rally he was contesting for the first time and had been unable to prepare proper pacenotes because of flooding.
It happened on a corner where Elfyn Evans had crashed his Ford and Nagle could be heard warning Meeke as they approached the bend "this is Elfyn's corner" but he choose to drive it according to his sketchy pacenotes and paid the price. But Citroen Sport boss Yves Matton has kept faith with the Ulsterman. Meeke had a test session in Sardinia and said it was "really great to be back in the car".
"Driving a WRC car isn't something you can practice at home but the tests went really well and the entire team has worked really hard.
"Argentina is another rally where I have little experience but whatever happens, regardless of the conditions, I must cut out the mistakes and bring the car home."
The rally starts from Cordoba this evening.
- This year's Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally has been switched from its regular August date to June 28.