Kris Meeke to drive Peugeot 208 T16 in Ypres rally

Kris Meeke will drive Peugeot's 208 T16 on its first meaningful outing in Ypres later this month

Kris Meeke to drive Peugeot 208 T16 in Ypres rally

The French firm has just completed a five-day test, with Craig Breen and Paolo Andreuccil driving the car.

Breen is competing on the next round of the European Rally Championship, ruling him out of the non-competitive drive - the 208 T16 will run as a 'VIP' car between two course cars ahead of the main field.

Breen was, however, delighted with the pace the new car showed in its test. The reining Super 200 World Rally Champion said: "It was very interesting to be the first person to drive the Peugeot 208 T16 on asphalt.

"It certainly feels competitive. Personally though, I will need to accustom myself with the turbo, which is a big change compared with the Peugeot 207 S2000, especially on asphalt.

"Everything about the car is new and, the more we work on it, the more we realise how much potential it really has."

As well as Breen and Italian star Andreucci, Meeke has done much of the gravel test work in the 208 T16 and the R2 car prior to that.

Meeke will face Qatar M-Sport factory driver Thierry Neuville, who will be driving M-Sport's Fiesta R5 under similar 'VIP' conditions in Belgium.

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