Kris Meeke will meet a new challenge this week on the second round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship in Sweden.
Fresh from his third place finish in the opening round in Monte Carlo the Ulster driver has never competed in this event before and it has the reputation of being one of the toughest rounds in the series.
“I have never competed on any rally with as much snow, it certainly will be a new experience for me and at least the team are well aware of what kind of difficulties I will be up against. I am going to concentrate on learning and try to forget about the results,” commented Meeke.
“Yes I know I can drive fast on tarmac and gravel, but I have no idea how I will manage with so much snow,” added Meeke.
During testing Meeke sat next to his Citroen teammate Mads Ostberg and he observed how he coped and he is one of the favourites to win in Sweden this week.
For Meeke it will be far from easy, he has to learn just about everything and he knows that his rivals have much more experience and he reckons they will be a good deal faster.
The one thing that he must do is to avoid making any mistakes; clearly he does not see himself on the podium this time round, rather it may be a case of chasing points.
The Volkswagen Team will line up brimming with confidence and fully motivated to continue its run of success.
Sebastien Ogier who won in Monte Carlo and who won this event last year, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen will take on classic special stages like Fredriksberg and Rammen, as well as tacking the iconic Colin’s Crest jump.
Volkswagen arrive with its three Polo R WRCs in Karlstad as defending champion in the Driver, Co-Driver and Manufacturer competitions.