Motorsport: Kris Meeke under pressure to perform in Germany

Kris Meeke
Kris Meeke

The pressure will truly be on Kris Meeke as the FIA World Rally Championship moves to Germany as he continues to fight not only for valuable points but his place in the Citroen Team next season.

A third Citroen will be driven by one of their Junior drivers Stephane Lefebvre and should he score well that could mean extra pressure on the Dungannon driver.

This will be the talented young Frenchman’s first competitive outing in the DS 3 WRC, after winning the FIA Junior WRC and WRC3 titles last season in a DS 3 R3. Having secured 11 consecutive wins here between 2002 and 2013, Citroen boasts an impressive record on the roads of Rallye Deutschland.

Very competitive again in 2014 thanks to the efforts of Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg, the Citroen World Rally Team returns to a familiar hunting ground nestled between the Luxembourg border and the banks of the Mosel river.

With rallies in Germany, France and even Spain, the majority of which will be contested on tarmac, the final part of the season is set to be punctuated by this surface.

For the entire team, the month of August goes hand in hand with applying a new configuration. The drivers, engineers and mechanics all need to adopt specific methods for this surface.

Leader of Rallye Deutschland with three stages to go last year, Meeke knows how this highly specific event can catch you out. The Ulsterman, winner of Rally Argentina in the spring, will be in with a good chance on tarmac.

On Thursday morning each of the crews will be using the shakedown to get their bearings one final time before the start.

The ceremonial start will be in Trier and the action for real gets under way tomorrow, continues on Saturday and concludes on Sunday with a Power Stage in Port Nigra.