Meeke: Sweden could be toughest yet
Kris Meeke believes the WRC crews will struggle to look after their tyres on this weekend’s Rally Sweden, if conditions don’t cool and no ice appears.
Meeke tested close to Torsby a day before Craig Breen, and confirmed the surface wasn’t ideal for the rally.
“The conditions on the test were quite slushy,” he said. “I guess that’s similar to what we’ll get in some stages, but on others it could be quite wet – it just depends on how much ice we get if and when it freezes.
“For the second run through some of the stages, we’ll really be having to look after the tyres and trying to keep the studs in.”
The Dungannon driver has finished 10th and seventh in the last two seasons with Citroen – and he admits the winter event is one of his favourites.
“When the conditions are right, it’s amazing,” he said. “I’ve seen the great conditions on the recce, but I’ve never really done this rally when it’s been perfect with the big snowbanks and really hard ice. I don’t think it’s going to be like that this year…”
If ice doesn’t formulate this week, it will undoubtedly favour those running at the front of the field on the hardest ice base – with drivers like Meeke and Jari-matti Latvala running further down the order dealing with broken ice and gravel coming through.
This week will be Meeke’s last WRC outing until Rally Portugal in the middle of May.