Kris Meeke started Rally Wales GB, the final round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship, with two goals: to obtain a good result and even more importantly for the Citroen team to maintain second overall in the Manufacturers Championship.
All too aware that the Hyundai drivers were a little close for comfort, Meeke was impressive over the three opening special stages as he brought his works Citroen back after the opening stages in second overall, 12.9 seconds adrift of Sebastien Ogier, the works Volkswagen driver having already retained his World Rally Championship title.
“I felt good and the rhythm was good, I could really commit and my set up looks good for the afternoon,” said the Dungannon driver.
Volkswagen’s Andreas Mikkelsen was third with Mads Ostberg fourth in his works Citroen.
Dani Sordo (Hyundai) and Ott Tanak (Ford) complete the top six.
Meeke set the fastest time on stage four and followed that with second fastest time on the last two stages of the day.
Ogier will start today with a 13.5 seconds lead over Meeke on the longest day of the nine-stage rally.