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Stun­ning Monte per­for­mance leaves us want­ing more

In a rare mo­ment of ac­cu­rate pre­dict­ing, I said last week that it wouldn’t be a sur­prise to see Kris Meeke de­liver some im­pres­sive per­for­mances in his 2016 part-sea­son and he’s started rather well! Meeke was the only driver re­motely in Se­bastien Ogier’s league on the Monte and gave the event real in­ter­est for the first two days.

When news came through of his re­tire­ment, it briefly seemed as though he had been push­ing too hard be­fore crash­ing out. But the na­ture of his re­tire­ment – which even Ogier de­scribed as un­lucky – re­moved blame from the Citroen man.

This all bodes well for next year, but what is a con­cern is how far off the rest were. With Meeke out of the equa­tion, as he will be for much of this sea­son, Ogier’s ad­van­tage was mea­sured in min­utes. In fair­ness, there were some mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances. Jari-matti Lat­vala has never liked the sea­son opener and will surely be bet­ter in later events, while the New Gen­er­a­tion Hyundai is bound to im­prove as the team and driv­ers learn more about it. But even so...

The other talk­ing point from the Monte was the rel­a­tive per­for­mances from Elfyn Evans and his re­place­ment in M-sport’s WRC Fi­esta, Eric Camilli. It would be un­fair to judge ei­ther on one round, but I sus­pect that Evans is al­ready in a hap­pier place than the French­man. Or than the Welsh­man was just a few weeks ago. ● As you will al­ready have read, the plight of Ly­d­den Hill is a wor­ry­ing one. It might not be the big­gest or most spec­tac­u­lar venues, but it is a great place to spec­tate, whether at its World Ral­ly­cross event or a hum­ble club­bie. Here’s hop­ing it sur­vives. Kevin Turner, Editor

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