The pressure is really on Kris Meeke and his teammate Mads Ostberg to deliver on Rally Argentina as since its debut season as a works team in the World Rally Championship in 2003, Citroen has enjoyed a nine-year winning run in this event.
Unlike Sweden, Mexico and Portugal, Meeke has a little experience of Rally Argentina. He has never made the trip to Carlos Paz to compete in World Rally Championship event.
“I competed at this rally as part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge calendar in 2010 and the stages were not all the same but I have a good idea of what the roads are like here. I will be a little bit less in the dark than in the previous rounds.”
During recent testing in Sardinia, Kris and co-driver Paul Nagle were able to get their bearing in the Citroen DS3 WRC again: “It was really great to be back in the car as driving a World Rally Car is not something you can practice at home. The tests went really well. The entire team has worked really hard, trying to develop new solutions.”
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“We have better traction and the car is better balanced. I feel confident and I have great faith in the car,” added Meeke.
Having finished on the podium at the opening round of the season in Monte Carlo Meeke and Nagle will be looking to open their account on gravel: “We have to finish a rally without making any mistakes. Whatever happens, regardless of the conditions,
“We must bring the car home. Since the start of the season, we have had good pace. We just need to cut out the mistakes. And first and foremost, that means making good notes during recce,” concluded the Ulster driver.
There is a ceremonial start and a super special stage in Carlos Paz at 4pm local time today and tomorrow the action is north for the roads around La Cumbre. Two stages are due to be completed twice. Saturday’s two stages will be held on roads to the south. The final day will be a shorter affair, with only 76.78 kilometres of special stages and the second pass on El Condor will serve as the Power Stage. The rally is scheduled to finish in Carlos Paz on Sunday at 2.48pm.