RALLYING: Kris Meeke adopting cautious approach to Rally Poland

Kris Meeke is gearing up for Rally Poland
Kris Meeke is gearing up for Rally Poland

There is yet another challenge for Kris Meeke on the world rally stage as the action starts on Rally Poland on Thursday - the latest counter in the FIA World Rally Championship.

Although the Ulsterman was not there in 2009 when the event was last staged as a World Rally Championship event he has competed at Rally Poland once before as in 2006, Meeke enjoyed his first outing in the Citroen C2-R2.

“It was a great experience and it was part of the promotional campaign for the car, winning the two-wheel drive category is still an excellent memory,” he said.

Unlike the earlier rounds of the championship, Meeke will not suffer as much through his lack of knowledge of the event as the stages are relatively new to everyone.

Currently seventh in the drivers’ championship, with two podium finishes, Meeke is not putting himself under pressure to get a particular result.

“I used Rally Sardinia to rack up a few more miles in the car. Once again, I will be applying the same strategy,” he added. “There is no question of taking any unnecessary risks.

“I hope I can get through the rally without any mistakes and without any problems.

“If I manage that, I should be on the pace and the result will take care of itself.”

The shakedown starts on Thursday morning, June 26, with two mandatory runs for each crew and the ceremonial start will be held in the early afternoon.

The action then kicks off with two stages before the crews head back to the service park and take on a super special stage.

Friday will be partly dedicated to Lithuania as the crews will leave parc ferme at 7am and head east.

Saturday’s leg will serve up the longest day with 157 kilometres of timed stages through the forests and Sunday’s action begins at 7am, as crews tackle stages covered earlier in the rally.