Well, what a weekend! Nobody would have thought that the Peugeot UK team, Kris Meeke and Paul Nage, would have moved up from 32nd place to 2nd in Barum. And it really was touch and go. We made the decision on Friday night after the Super Special that if Kris was feeling as poorly as he was then, he wouldn’t compete on Saturday.
He managed to make it down to breakfast after being seen by the doctor first thing, but still wasn’t 100 per cent. However he managed on SS2 to take third position, second on SS3 and then fastest on SS4 - and with rival Nicolas Vouilloz out on that stage, suddenly things started to look like they were moving in the right direction.
In SS5 they spun, and Kris acknowledged that they were making too many mistakes, However, even though they lost 15 seconds they were still in the rally. But chief rivals Jan Kopecky, Freddy Loix, Giandomenico Basso and Juho Hanninen were still all pushing too.