Kris Meeke has signed a new three-year deal with Citroën to spearhead the development of the French manufacturer’s new World Rally Championship car.
Although Citroën is taking a sabbatical from the WRC in 2016, the British driver’s main task will be to work on development of Citroën’s new World Rally Car ahead of its full return to the series in 2017, when the series will adopt new technical rules.
As the only driver to regularly challenge the dominant Volkswagen drivers in this year’s WRC, Meeke has found himself much in demand, resisting overtures from Toyota to stay with Citroën.
He joined the factory team at the end of the 2013 season and scored his first outright WRC victory in Argentina earlier this year in a DS3 WRC. Now, he and co-driver Paul Nagle have signed a deal that will see them through until the end of the 2018 season.
“Various options were available to me to pursue my career, but I chose to stay with Citroën Racing to reap the rewards of the work done over the last two years or more,” said Meeke.