Kris Meeke off to bad start in Germany

Kris Meeke
Kris Meeke

The first day of Germany’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship was one of ups and downs for Kris Meeke.

The first four stages saw the Dungannon driver in his works Citroen set four fourth fastest times and once again he could not match the pace of the three works VW Polos.

“The Citroen just does not have the pace, I can not stay with them, all I can do is to stay ahead of the rest of the field,” commented Meeke.

Stage six and the dramas began, Meeke went off the road and into a field, he recovered with some body damage to his Citroen; however resulting suspension damage saw him drop back and he finished day one back in twenty fifth place, ten minutes adrift of World Champion Sebastien Ogier in his VW Polo.

No surprise as the Polos of Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen occupied second and third places.

There was much better news for Ireland’s Craig Breen; he finished the day in second place in WRC2.

Enniskillen Motor Club has announced details of their TuffMac Trailers Lakeland Stages Rally 2015 which is not only a round of the NI McGrady Insurance and Carryduff Forklift Rally Championship but also a counting round of the Valvoline Irish Forestry Championship.

As a result of their involvement in the Irish Forestry Championship the event will be broadcast on Motors TV, TG4 and subsequently on Irish TV.

The rally will take place on Saturday September 5 and the organisrs have stuck to the format which proved so popular with competitors last year; four stages run twice through the forests of West Fermanagh comprising a total of 43 stage miles incorporating short road sections and thus a compact route with Rally HQ, trailer park and service park all located within the Enniskillen Area.

Special rates are available for B&B at the Enniskillen Hotel; contact Mark Thompson on 07851 145 552 or Ronan Cox on 07813 176 755.