Kris Meeke finally came of age on this weekend's Scottish Rally. The young Ulsterman, in only his second season of rallying, showed speed and maturity with a convincing display through the Scottish Forests. 'Outright pace alone, was never going...
Kris Meeke finally came of age on this weekend's Scottish Rally. The young Ulsterman, in only his second season of rallying, showed speed and maturity with a convincing display through the Scottish Forests.
'Outright pace alone, was never going to be enough to win the event this weekend. After our reconnaissance run on Thursday and Friday it was apparent that it was going to be a rough rally.'...commented Kris.
With Colin McRae on-hand to advise his young protégé, the young S-MAC backed driver, along with fellow Ulsterman Glenn Patterson, played the game superbly.
'A wrong tyre choice, and a slightly under power engine, dropped us a bit of time in the morning, but after a couple of stages we were happy to be trading times with Justin and Rory in the Peugeots.'
After SS4, Kris found himself in the lead while other S1600 competitors began to falter. At the end of day one, Meeke was leading S1600 by 1m31s from Rory Galligan, and lay an amazing 5th overall.
'It's a pity the Peugeot's had some problems. I was beginning to get into a nice rhythm and felt that I had enough in reserve to push for the lead. After seeing the cuts the other guys were taking to find the time, we realised it was only a matter of time before some of them hit trouble.'
Kris started Day 2 with a convincing lead and was happy to concede time to the pursing pack. After an early morning attack by Rory Galligan, which reduced his lead by only 8 seconds on the 19 miles of Ae, Kris knew it was just a case of getting home without incident.
'We were happy to drive at 80% today in the knowledge that we could control a charge from Rory. I am delighted to have won. Suddenly we are in contention again for the championship, but I am under no illusions. The following tarmac events will prove a steep learning curve. I have only ever done two stages of a proper tarmac rally, so it will be completely new experience for me'.
The next event is the Jim Clark Rally, based in Edinburgh on the 12th and 13th of July.
The coverage will be broadcast at the following times.
Thursday 20 June at 03.00: Channel 4 (half hour)
Friday 28 June at 12.30: Sky Sports 2 (one hour)
Friday 28 June at 19.00: Sky Sports Extra (one hour)
Saturday 29 June at 05.00: Sky Sports 1 (one hour)