Kris Meeke and Chris Patterson will compete for the Abu Dhabi Citroën Total World Rally Team on Rally Finland at the end of this month, 31st July. They will replace Khalid Al Qassimi and Scott Martin as Al Qassimi will be unable to take part.
Always keen to promote talented drivers, the Emirati driver asked Kris to take his place.
“Unfortunately, I cannot take part in the Finnish round,” said the Sheikh. “Kris has real potential as a driver and has the maturity you need to enjoy a sensible and efficient race. I’d like to give him the chance to express himself fully at this unusual event. I hope he is very successful there.”
“This is an incredible opportunity for us!” said a delighted Kris Meeke. “Taking part in Rally Finland in a DS3 WRC is a dream that I didn’t think would become reality. I’d like to thank Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi and Citroën Racing for the trust they have placed in us. We’re going to benefit from the advice and expertise of a team that has won the world championship eight times. We therefore have every chance of securing a good result.”