Meeke: eyes on next year not next ral­lies

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Kris Meeke is not frus­trated at miss­ing the next two ral­lies, as they are events he feels he does not need to win ac­cord­ing to the North­ern Ir­ish­man.

Meeke said this sea­son was about keep­ing his hand and his ex­pe­ri­ence high on ral­lies he doesn’t know so well. “There’s no frus­tra­tion from me about not do­ing the next two ral­lies,” Meeke said. “I don’t need to be try­ing to win. Yes, we could have won in Monte and we could have been in the thick of it in Swe­den. But this is not about win­ning – all eyes are on next sea­son.”

Citroen team prin­ci­pal Yves Mat­ton says miss­ing the next two rounds of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship will not im­pact on Meeke’s speed when he re­turns to the se­ries later in the year.

Af­ter skip­ping the WRC’S two trips across the At­lantic for Mex­ico and Ar­gentina, the Abu Dhabi To­tal World Rally Team is ex­pected to be back in the WRC at the Rally of Por­tu­gal in May. Mat­ton is sure Meeke’s speed will be undi­min­ished.

He told MN: “He will be in the new car a lot of the time in the se­cond half of the year. I am sure, his speed will be the same – do you think if [Se­bastien] Ogier misses Mex­ico and Ar­gentina then he will not fight for the vic­tory in Por­tu­gal?”

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