Meeke targets home win with Citroën at 2016 Wales Rally GB

by Umar Hassan

Kris Meeke is aiming at the 2016 Wales Rally GB to become the first ‘home’ winner in 16 years.

Meeke, who currently drives with Citroën Racing, will be looking to end the Citroën DS 3 WRC’s final appearance at Wales Rally GB on a high.

The Northern Irishman is targeting a British win as the late Richard Burns won at Rally GB 16 years ago. Last year, Meeke was runner-up to the rally winner Sébastien Ogier for Volkswagen.

Meeke said “Rally GB is fantastic. I’m not just saying that because it’s my home event – it’s true.

“It’s everything in the way the place gets your senses going – the smell of mud on the hot exhaust, the smell of the pine trees, the changing colours in the trees and the unpredictable weather.

“It’s everything – especially the roads. These are the roads I drove my first-ever rally on, so they’re always going to be special to me. I love it from the minute I get to the first stage on the recce. It just means something a little bit more at home.”

Credit: Wales Rally GB Media Office

Credit: Wales Rally GB Media Office

Kris also added about his new three-year deal with Citroën. “A year like this is what I’ve always wanted.

“It’s been the chance to develop a car with a world-beating manufacturer like Citroën from scratch – the chance to build a team around myself and put us both into the best possible position to challenge for the championship. It’s been an absolute privilege to work with the team. It’s been brilliant.

“The dream has to be to come to Rally GB fighting for the championship – and then winning it, of course! That’s what I’ve wanted ever since I was in the back of that Queens University Motor Club minibus all those years ago, and if it’s not this year, then I’ll be back next year for another go.”

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