Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team driver Kris Meeke comes to Spain for round 12 of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship, the RallyRACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada, aiming to maintain his good run of form in the DS3 WRC.
The Northern Irishman, who is co-driven by Paul Nagle has scored 27 points in the last two rounds and is now just 15 points behind his team-mate Mads Ostberg. With a contract with Citroen for 2016 still up for grabs Meeke will be determined to perform as the team aim to consolidate their second place in the championship in Spain.
The Citroen driver narrowly missed out on a podium finish here last year after a puncture put him out of contention and the Rally Argentina winner believes that he can seal a top three finish in Spain this year. “Last year, we were very competitive and the DS 3 WRC was perfect.”said Meeke.
“We only lost out on a big result after picking up two punctures. The new stages mean we’ll have to work on our pace notes. If we have a trouble-free week-end, then a podium should be a realistic target, but the real goal is to consolidate our second place in the manufacturers’ standings.”
The rally is a mixed surface event with crews tackling gravel stages on the Friday and asphalt tests on Saturday and Sunday and the nature of the rally makes it a challenge to drivers strategically and technically. The event kicks off with the first stage on Thursday evening.