Driving tips from Kris Meeke
Rally driving is all about you, the car and the stopwatch - and that means going as fast as you can whatever the conditions.
One thing that always shakes things up is rain, especially when you aren't expecting it. Because we are out, away from our service crew and getting to and through the stages for several hours at a time, it's not unusual to be caught out on slicks in a downpour, or wets in the baking hot sunshine, or - perhaps worst of all - on any type of tyre when its a mixture of wet, damp and dry in a single stage.
What really counts when it gets like that is experience. There's no such thing as a slippy road - there are hundreds of different types of slippy roads, and you have to approach them all differently.
An asphalt road can be wet, but if it's abrasive then the grip is almost the same as in the dry. Then you can get mirrored asphalt, which is like ice to drive on when it gets wet. Then there's every condition in between - muddy, soaked, wet, damp... you get the picture.