Monday, 5 May 2014

Rally - WRC Argentina

Weighing in for Argentina
Kris thinks if he stands on one leg
he will only be half his weight.
This weekend’s Rally Argentina is the fifth round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, and it will present top Brit Kris Meeke with a variety of difficult challenges.

Kris has only been to Argentina once and that was in his IRC days in 2010 and he didn’t visit the stages around Carlos Paz, the venue for this weekend’s event. As for team mate, Mads Østberg this will be his fourth visit. He finished third (and top Ford) in 2012 behind Loeb and Hirvonen and claims this is one of his favourite events.

Ostberg currently holds third place overall in the Drivers’ Championship whereas Meeke is tenth, and young Elfyn Evans is seventh.

Not only that, Citroen has won the last nine consecutive times in Argentina – so no pressure then.

Ahead of next weekend Kris said: “I competed at this rally as part of the IRC calendar in 2010. The stages weren’t all the same, but I have a good idea of what the roads are like here. I’ll be a little bit less in the dark than in the previous rounds.”

During pre-event testing in Sardinia, Kris and Paul (Nagle) were able to get their bearing in the Citroën DS3 WRC again: “It was really great to be back in the car. Driving a WRC isn’t something you can practice at home. The tests went really well. The entire team has worked really hard, constantly trying to develop new solutions. We have better traction and the car is better balanced. I feel confident and I have great faith in the Citroën DS3 WRC.”

Having finished on the podium at the opening round of the season, Kris and Paul will be looking to open their account on gravel: “We have to finish a rally without making any mistakes. Whatever happens, regardless of the conditions, we must bring the car home. Since the start of the season, we have had good pace. We just need to cut out the mistakes. And first and foremost, that means making good notes during recce.”

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