Meeke: Swe­den could be tough­est yet

Motor Sport News - - Rally Sweden -

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.

Meeke be­lieves that run­ning or­der could have a ma­jor im­pact

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