Kris Meeke ( born July 2, 1979 in Dungannon ) is a British rally driver. He began his career as a CAD designer at M- Sport Ford World Rally Team. In 2001, he launched the " Peugeot 106 Super Cup". In the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2009 he became a master. From the Rally Sardinia 2011, he travels with a Mini WRC in the World Rally Championship.
- 2.1 WRC
- 2.2 IRC
Born in Northern Ireland Meeke studied at Queen's University Belfast and graduated in mechanical engineering. He then worked as a design engineer at M-Sport.
2000 he was actively involved in motor sports. He won this year a young talent competition for young rally driver. 2001 Meeke drove in his third race in the " Peugeot 106 Super Cup " for the first victory in this competition. In early 2002 the former rally driver Colin McRae was aware of him and his mentor. This year, Meeke competed in the "British Junior Championship ," where he won his category at the " Scottish Rally" for the first time after McRae inspected the course for him and had created " Prayer Book " (route descriptions ). At the end of this season, his trip points for the win this championship and third in the British S1600 series.
That same year, he participated in the final event of the World Rally Championship in Wales in his first world championship race, but did not reach the goal.
In 2002 and 2003 he started with a Opel Corsa S1600 at the Rallye World Youth Championship (J- WRC). In this time he managed to get into the target him with only five of the thirteen rallies. (For details, see the table below )
From the Rally of Catalonia In 2003, Meeke in a Citroën C2 S1600 with which he launched the next seasons up to 2007. In the Wales Rally GB 2005 and the Rally Ireland 2007, he took part with a Subaru Impreza WRC. At the start of the 2008 season Meeke graduated to a Renault Clio S1600 or R3, with whom he only ever played a round of the World Rally Championship. (For details, see the table below )
2009 saw Meeke to Intercontinental Rally Challenge ( IRC), where he won with a Peugeot 207 S 2000 four out of nine races. The rallies in Kenya and Russia, he did not go to the start, yet he won the championship with a total of 60 points.
In 2010 he started again on IRC and was in the championship with 39 points in third place overall. (For details, see the table below )
With the team -mate Dani Sordo, Meeke takes in supported by Prodrive Mini WRC Team in the 2011 season to six rounds of the World Rally Championship in part. The rallies in Italy, Finland, Germany and France, he did not reach the target. At the Rally of Catalonia he managed his first finish in the Mini World Rally Car. There he won - in the Power Stage rewarded with bonus points - his first Wertungsprüfungsbestzeit and finished fifth overall. In the Rally of Great Britain he missed after a mistake on the last special stage, almost his first podium and finished fourth. After six appearances in thirteen rallies Meeke finished the season-ending championship for the eleventh place in the drivers' standings.