Kris Meeke - Paul Nagle

Kris Meeke - Paul Nagle

KRIS MEEKE PAUL NAGLE

 

After completing a degree in mechanical engineering, Kris Meeke contested his first rally in 2000. His bold, sweeping style caught the attention of Colin McRae, who gave him a helping hand to support his progress. Kris became British Junior Rally Champion in only his second full season. The title gave him the chance to enter the JWRC, in which he initially competed with Opel in 2003 and 2004.


Spotted by Yves Matton, Kris was signed up by Citroën Sport to contest the 2005 JWRC. Driving a C2 Super 1600, he began by winning the Rallye Monte-Carlo and finished the season third in championship. Without a full programme after the 2006 season, he competed in one-off events. It was at that point he began working with Paul Nagle. The son of a co-driver, the Irishman already had plenty of experience, acquired since his competitive debut in 1997.


For the 2009 season, Kris was chosen by Team Peugeot UK to contest the IRC. In his Peugeot 207 S2000, he won four rallies to secure the title. He defended his title in 2010, but had to settle for third place.


His performances paved the way for a seat with the new Mini team, at the time preparing to join the WRC. However, the programme was stopped at the end of 2011 and Kris found himself without a drive again. Thanks to Citroën Racing, he competed at Rally Finland and Rally Australia in 2013 in a works DS 3 WRC.


After showing once again that he had genuine pace, he was handed a seat in the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team for 2014. In his first full season in the WRC, he managed to secure four podium finishes. Retained for 2015, he claimed his first win in Argentina and ended the season in the top five of the championship.


When Citroën Racing announced it would be returning as a works team to the WRC in 2017, Kris Meeke was the first driver to be named in its line-up. Tasked with conducting the majority of the development work on Citroën C3 WRC, he also contested seven rallies with the Abu Dhabi Total WRT in 2016. Fast on all surfaces, winning in Portugal and Finland, Kris heads into the new season as a serious world title contender.

 

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: 73
  • Best result in the WRC: 1st (Argentina in 2015, Portugal and Finland in 2016)

 

PAUL NAGLE IN FIGURES

 

 

  • Date and place of birth: 29 August 1978 in Killarney (Ireland)
  • Competitive debut: 1997
  • First WRC rally: 2004 RallyRACC
  • Number of WRC starts: 63
  • Best result in the WRC: 1st (Argentina in 2015, Portugal and Finland in 2016)