MEEKE PUTS FIN­ISH­ING TOUCHES TO 2017 CITROEN

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Kris Meeke was back in Wales last week, fi­nal­is­ing the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of Citroen’s C3 WRC.

Meeke drove the car in the Cynein­iog and My­herin stages for two days be­fore hand­ing over to team-mates Craig Breen and Stephane Le­feb­vre.

Citroen still has de­vel­op­ment run­ning to com­plete in Monte Carlo and Sweden – both of which will be com­pleted in the next month, be­fore pre-event set-up tests for the first two rounds of next year’s World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

The ho­molo­ga­tion process for Citroen’s first all-new World Rally Car in six years be­gins at the start of December. The car is ex­pected to be re­vealed to the pub­lic in its 2017 liv­ery just be­fore Christ­mas.

For Meeke and co-driver Paul Na­gle, last week was an op­por­tu­nity to revel in the kind of con­di­tions they will face when they come back to the Dee­side-based Rally GB in Oc­to­ber next sea­son.

“It’s been fan­tas­tic to run the car in GB kind of con­di­tions,” Meeke told MN. “As you’d ex­pect, it’s been so worth­while. The last gravel test we did was in the south of Spain and the car worked well down there on some re­ally loose and slip­pery sur­faces. We had the cen­tre dif­fer­en­tial map in that set-up for the first run in Wales think­ing we wouldn’t be too far away, but the car was al­most un­drive­able – it needed a dif­fer­ent map and that’s what we’ve been work­ing on.”

Last week was Citroen’s ninth test of the C3 and Meeke ad­mit­ted the team is now ready to see the car in com­pe­ti­tion.

“We’ve learned so much as the year’s pro­gressed,” he said. “We could learn more, but we’re at the point now that we need to start com­pet­ing. We’re go­ing to learn so much more once we put the num­bers on the door. We’re ready now. The car’s about there and Paul and I can’t wait for Monte Carlo.

“It was a fairly strange feel­ing be­ing back in Wales again so soon af­ter Rally GB, driv­ing down past Dee­side from the air­port and into these forests. But it’s a fan­tas­tic feel­ing to have this car on these roads.”

Pho­tos: mck­lein-im­age­database.com

The C3 WRC has done nine tests Meeke has run the C3 in Wales

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