“Monte Carlo is the pinnacle” – Paul Nagle

Paul Nagle is a happy man at the moment, having secured a three-year deal at Citroën alongside Kris Meeke in the FIA World Rally Championship, the Irishman is looking forward to getting the next phase of his career underway.

“Monte Carlo is the pinnacle,” said Nagle to the42.ie. “You’re over on the streets of Monaco before it starts, then you go into the mountains for a couple of days and you’ve the snow and ice and tricky conditions and it’s one of those ones, when you have that on the CV it’s one to keep. It’s the pinnacle of the WRC.”

Meeke and Nagle have prior form at Rallye Monte-Carlo having finish third in 2014 and the pair will be looking to recapture that pace as they look to develop a championship winning car capable of beating the Volkswagen challenge.

“Sebastien (Ogier) came in the last few years and has been very strong, he has a fantastic car under him and he’s very strong mentally too. But we very close to him, we were within 20 seconds of him in GB and we’ve raced him a lot. He has very good cars but we’re hoping to have the new car by 2017 to challenge him.

“The best car will win but you need the talent to drive it, you need good engineers, good mechanics, good tyres and good luck.

“The driver makes the wheels turn and sets stage times but there’s a long list of people and resources behind the winning package and when you have Citroen backing us for 2017 then you know you’ll have a good car.”