Kris Meeke - Paul Nagle

Kris Meeke - Paul Nagle

After making his competitive debut in 2000, Kris Meeke was crowned British Junior Rally Champion in only his second proper full season in rallying. The performances of the mechanical engineering graduate were enough to catch the eye of Colin McRae and get him an opportunity to compete in the JWRC, initially with Opel (2003-2004), before Yves Matton recruited him to drive for Citroën Sport in 2005 and 2006. Behind the wheel of a C2 Super 1600, the Ulsterman finished third in the 2005 championship, winning two rallies (Monte-Carlo in 2005 and Germany in 2006) and claiming almost eighty stage wins. In 2007, whilst making a handful of appearances, that Kris began working with Paul Nagle, who at that point had already been a co-driver in the WRC for several years.

 

The pair were tasked with challenging for the IRC on behalf of Peugeot UK factory team in 2009, the two men grabbing four rally wins in their 207 S2000 on their way to the securing the title. Although they had to settle for third place in the championship in 2010, they were nonetheless recruited by Mini, which was making a comeback in the WRC. Unfortunately, the brand's return was short lived, leaving the pair without a drive in 2012.

 

But Citroën Racing then threw Kris a lifeline by giving him the chance to contest Rally Finland and Rally Australia in 2013 in a works DS3 WRC. The gamble paid off for Kris as he earned a drive in the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT for 2014. In his first full season in the WRC, he grabbed four podium finishes. He did even better in 2015, claiming his first WRC win in Argentina. His performances led to Citroën Racing offering him an official role in the team's planned return to the WRC in 2017.

 

In the meantime, whilst he led development of the Citroën C3 WRC, he added another two wins to his record (Portugal and Finland in 2016) when competing on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Total WRT. He then went on to claim the Citroën C3 WRC's first two rally wins in 2017 and establish himself as the team leader with his determined mindset.

 

Kris Meeke

KRIS MEEKE IN FIGURES

Date and place of birth: 2 July 1979 in Dungannon (Northern Ireland)
Competitive debut: 2000
First WRC rally: 2002 Wales Rally GB
Number of WRC starts: 85
Best result in the WRC: 1st (Argentina in 2015, Portugal and Finland in 2016, Mexico and Spain in 2017)

 

PAUL NAGLE

PAUL NAGLE IN FIGURES

Date and place of birth: 29 August 1978 in Killarney (Ireland)
Competitive debut: 1998
First WRC rally: 2004 RallyRACC
Number of WRC starts: 75
Best result in the WRC: 1st (Argentina in 2015, Portugal and Finland in 2016, Mexico and Spain in 2017)

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