“That was shit”: Kris Meeke pushes frustration despite third place
Still not satisfied on the podium: Kris Meeke mourns the missed victory of last year at the Rally Mexico after last year’s race.
Third place in the Mexico Rally is at first glance a result that Citroen driver Kris Meeke could have been satisfied with. However, the smile of the Northern Irish driver was somewhat tortured at the award ceremony after the third round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) and in conversation with’ Motorsport-Total. com’, Meeke was not very happy either.
“That was shit, just shit. Too many mistakes this weekend,”says Meeke,”I had the car, the pace and the starting position to win here. But I just couldn’t do it,”Meeke argues with his performance.
The Nordire was the leader over long stretches of the rally, but he repeatedly made small driving mistakes, which caused him to lose crucial seconds. On Sunday morning, Meeke almost threw away a possible podium result.
At 20. Special stage his C3 WRC slipped off the road in a left turn on cobblestone pavement. The right-hand wheels hung in a ditch on the outside of the road and the car rolled over the roof once. Spectators raised Meekes Citroen again, but the drama was not over yet.
Through the ditch next to the road, Meeke couldn’t go straight back to the road and curled through the terrain, while the spectators jumped out of the way in a hurry. Memories of the previous year came alive when Meeke flew off spectacularly just before the finish of the Powerstage and then flew over a parking lot without orientation. But like in 2017, the Citroen driver found his way back onto the road with the damaged car on Sunday and finished third.
“I’m incredibly frustrated,”says Meeke because of his faulty ride,”but when I’m frustrated with a third-place finish, it’s actually a good sign. There’s nothing to excuse here.”
Meeke took the opportunity to do better at the next WRC round, Citroen’s home game at the French Rally in Corsica (6th place) and won the World Championship. till 8. April). At last season’s first asphalt rally of the season, he had led the peloton confidently before an engine failure caused his dream of victory to burst.
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