RALLYING: Kris Meeke secures new Citroen deal

Kris Meeke
Kris Meeke

Kris Meeke has secured a new deal with Citroen which will see the Dungannon star race in the World Rally Championship for the next three years.

The 36-year-old ended the season without a drive for 2016 after Citroen stated it would not take part in next year’s championship.

Now the French team has decided to compete in selected rallies in 2016 before a full-time return in 2017.

“I’ve very excited about the challenges that lie ahead,” Meeke said.

“Various options were available to me to pursue my career, but I chose to stay with Citroen Racing to reap the rewards of the work done over the last two years or more.

“I began my career in motorsport as a design engineer so although I can’t wait to get into the car, I’ll be following every stage of the design and assembly of the first car with great interest.”

Meeke won in Argentina in April – Citroen’s only 2015 victory – and finished fifth in the series.

The eight-time winners of the championship planned to take a year away from the sport to concentrate on the development of a new car running new regulations for 2017.

Meeke’s priority next year will be working on developing the new 2017 CR WRC – he and team-mate Stephane Lefebvre will race in a PH Sport DS 3 WRC next year.