Kris Meeke has announced he will be taking part in his first competitive rally since crashing out of the Vodafone Rally de Portugal in May, which led to his split with the Citroën squad.
The Northern Irishman was announced last week as a driver for the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team for the 2019 season and recently completed a two-day test.
Taking to his social media channels, Meeke announced he will be taking part in Rallye du Condroz in a Skoda Fabia R5, run by the Italian team Metior.
“This is a rally I’ve done before, of course – and in an R5 car – so it’s a good way for me to get back into action as I continue preparing for the 2019 season with Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC.” said Meeke, who previously took on the rally in a Citroën DS3 R5 in 2014.
“I have to thank Michelin for its support in bringing the Condroz appearance together; this type of thing is only really worth doing if you do it properly, and that means having the right car and the right tyres on it.”
With long-term co-driver Paul Nagle no longer partnering Meeke, Belgian navigator Renaud Jamoul will be calling the pace notes for this event.
“I’ll be co-driven by Renaud Jamoul, a Belgian navigator who has enjoyed some success in a Skoda in France this year with Quentin Gilbert.
“Condroz is always a tricky rally – not least because the weather in Belgium can’t be taken for granted in November – but I’m really looking forward to it.”