Disappointment for Kris Meeke in Germany

WRC RALLY ARGENTINA  2015  - PHOTO : CITROEN RACING/AUSTRAL 03 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT, Meeke Kris, Nagle Paul, DS 3 WRC, Action
WRC RALLY ARGENTINA 2015 - PHOTO : CITROEN RACING/AUSTRAL 03 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT, Meeke Kris, Nagle Paul, DS 3 WRC, Action

There was disappointment for Kris Meeke in the latest round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Germany.

Meeke fought back after an accident on day one which saw him down in 25th position and with a number of stage times which saw him in the top three he climbed up the leaderboard to 14th and in the final day he eventually moved up to claim 12th overall.

For the Citroen World Rally Team it was much a case of notching up more points as Mads Ostberg claimed seventh overall.

Stephane Lefebvre and produced a very strong performance, finishing in the top ten on his maiden appearance in the works DS 3 WRC and he is a driver which Citroen may very well have a serious look at for the 2016 season.

“As our chances of a good result disappeared after my mistake on Friday, I had to find other sources of motivation,” he explained.

“Three kilometres into the Power Stage, I felt confident so I decided to push to try and score a few points. It means that the rally ends on a positive note, but overall it has been a disappointing weekend.

“I am going to keep working to eliminate these errors and I hope to do better at the next few rounds on tarmac, especially the Tour de Corse, which will be new for everyone,” he added.

A one-two-three on home soil as Volkswagen dominated Rally Germany from the word go, and went on to secure victory for the first time. Sebastien Ogier the first to win the rally in a German car in the WRC era. Second and third were Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen.

The home event had been the only rally that Volkswagen had yet to win and one thing is now certain: this year’s World Rally Champion will once again be at the wheel of a Polo R WRC and rally fans may have to wait no longer than the next round of the world championship in Australia to discover which of the three works duos comes out on top. The next round of the FIA World Rally Championship will be held on 10-13 September.

Colin Turkington arrived at Knockhill second in the race for the British Touring Car Championship, but the Scottish circuit was to prove a major challenge for the Portadown driver and he left dropping down to fourth.

Race one was his best result a lowly tenth and in race two a coming together with the BMW of Andy Priaulx resulted in suspension damage and retirement and in the final race he started from 24th on the grid and finished 15th.

The day belonged to Honda with wins for Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal while Rob Collard took one race victory for BMW.

There are just nine races to go in the series and Turkington has a major fight on his hands if he is to retain his BTCC crown.