Kris Meeke keeps Citroen World Rally Championship drive for 2015

Kris Meeke will stay on as a Citroen driver for the 2015 World Rally Championship

Kris Meeke keeps Citroen World Rally Championship drive for 2015

The Northern Irishman, who has scored four podiums and led Rally Germany in his debut season in a DS3 WRC, will contest a full programme with co-driver Paul Nagle.

"It's fantastic to have the opportunity to continue to work together," said Meeke.

"Since the end of last year, Citroen Racing has given me the chance to prove my worth.

"This first full season has been spent learning about the WRC.

"In the second half of the year, I was able to show part of my potential.

"There's room for improvement, but I now have some decent foundations to build on next year, in order to keep progressing.

"With experience, everything becomes that bit easier. I know the team well and we understand each other. I feel like I'm part of the Citroen family."

When team principal Yves Matton signed Meeke 12 months ago, he had shown the speed to run at the front of Rally Finland and Rally Australia, before crashing on both occasions.

Matton admitted that the choice had been a risk, but said Meeke had now clearly proved himself.

"When we chose Kris Meeke for this season, we took a bit of a gamble," said Matton.

"But he has improved with pretty much every rally and has now become a complete driver.

"The real turning point was at Rally Finland. He adopted the right approach.

"He has managed to acquire experience throughout the season. He has shown that he not only has real pace, but that he can be more patient sometimes as well.

"Kris is a competitive driver on all surfaces, capable of being quick on Tarmac and on gravel. This versatility is a real asset for Citroen Racing."

Meeke's team-mate will be announced next week.

shares
comments
WRC Rally GB: Ogier wins from Hirvonen, late heartbreak for Meeke

Previous article

WRC Rally GB: Ogier wins from Hirvonen, late heartbreak for Meeke

Next article

Thanks for the memories, Mikko

Thanks for the memories, Mikko
Load comments
The steely determination behind the WRC’s Solberg 2.0 Plus

The steely determination behind the WRC’s Solberg 2.0

Two decades after Petter Solberg emerged as a World Rally Championship winner, his son Oliver is ready to take the WRC by storm. Having secured a part-time WRC factory drive for Hyundai in 2022, he's raring to repay the marque's faith in him and follow in his 2003 champion father's footsteps

WRC
Oct 14, 2021
Analysing the key moves in WRC’s 2022 silly season Plus

Analysing the key moves in WRC’s 2022 silly season

The World Rally Championship will step into a new hybrid era in 2022, but the car changes haven't been the only excitement that has built within the paddock. WRC's 'silly season' kicked off in a big way and all the key driver moves for 2022 - of which there are many - look set to shake things up

WRC
Oct 13, 2021
How joining Finland’s exclusive club was Evans' true WRC coming-of-age Plus

How joining Finland’s exclusive club was Evans' true WRC coming-of-age

By his own admission, the fifth World Rally Championship victory of Elfyn Evans' career in Finland last weekend was the drive of his life. Winning five stages in a row and soaking up huge pressure from the Hyundais on the fastest gravel stages around, the Welshman put in a faultless showing that proved what he is truly made of

WRC
Oct 4, 2021
Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant? Plus

Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant?

OPINION: Thierry Neuville's diatribe against the upcoming Rally1-spec machines that will usher in the World Rally Championship's new hybrid era was remarkable in an era where drivers are usually reticent to air their views in public. But are the Belgian's concerns about speed, safety and cost entirely valid?

WRC
Sep 16, 2021
How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains Plus

How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains

After Kalle Rovanpera’s historic feat at Rally Estonia, the Finn scaled new heights at the Rally of the Gods with a commanding victory. And this time Toyota’s young star demonstrated why the future is bright with his devastating speed and consistency at the Acropolis Rally

WRC
Sep 13, 2021
The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally Plus

The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally

Five drivers have won first time out at the Rally Acropolis, transcending the tough dirt and gravel Greek roads to cement a place in rallying folklore. Here are three of the first-time winners' tales

WRC
Sep 9, 2021
Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble Plus

Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble

From being considered a likely contender to drive the next-generation M-Sport Ford Puma in 2022, Teemu Suninen's abrupt exit has created plenty of questions. The Finn's bid to become his country's next World Rally Championship winner won't be furthered by being sidelined, but there may be reason behind the decision

WRC
Sep 2, 2021
Could Spa’s cameo offer the WRC a new avenue to exploit? Plus

Could Spa’s cameo offer the WRC a new avenue to exploit?

OPINION: The Ypres Rally featured a cameo from the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in its final stage, giving WRC teams the chance to experience its iconic corners in rallying machinery. It proved to be an engaging addition to the rally, and could perhaps serve as an example for other events to visit famous circuits

WRC
Aug 24, 2021