Citroen Racing have confirmed that following a difficult start to the 2017 World Rally Championship season that Kris Meeke will sit out the next round of the season in Poland.
Despite winning in Mexico, Meeke and his co-driver Paul Nagle have had a difficult season and as a result Citroen Racing asked the pair to sit out the next event in Poland to which the drivers agreed.
Craig Breen is the leading Citroen driver in the championship. The Irishman is currently in seventh place in the standings on 43 points.
Meeke will be replaced by Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jaeger and speaking about the decision, Citroen Racing Team Principal Yves Matton commented by saying:
After a series of disappointing results, we have asked Kris Meeke to take a step back for this next rally. “Kris accepted that this would be in the best interests of the team and we’d like to thank him for his understanding. This break will give him the chance to recharge his batteries and release some of the pressure before preparing for Rally Finland. He won in Finland last year after producing a perfect performance, so we hope he’ll come back stronger. At the same time, this change in line-up means we can keep working with Andreas. This first experience was more like a test session than a proper competitive outing. A second rally will give him the chance to use the things he has already learned to get closer to the leading guys. Moreover, he is particularly fond of Rally Poland since he won the event last year.”
“We also remain committed to supporting our young drivers with Craig Breen and Stéphane Lefebvre, who will both be competing at the next round,” continued Yves Matton. “They both took part in the 2016 Rally Poland, and recorded decent performances. They will therefore have a good opportunity to show what they can do. Having said that, their main target will remain to get to the finish without making any mistakes