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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-18-10 10:38 AM
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Motorsport: Meeke heading into uncharted territory in Rally Argentina
Having got their International Rally Challenge title defence back on track in Brazil 10 days ago, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle head into uncharted territory in Rally Argentina this weekend.

Meeke recovered from his first-round crash in Monte Carlo with a victory in Rally Internacional de Curitiba that vaulted him back into contention for 2010 honours in third place in the points standings.

His Kronos Citroen team boss, Marc van Dalen, described Meeke's win -- a record fifth in the series -- as one of the best of his career.

However, his hopes of adding to that tally this weekend are made tougher by his relative unfamiliarity with a demanding event that, while new to the IRC, has been part of the WRC for many years and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

With his experience of the Argentine roads limited to a recce he carried out in 2005 when he was contesting the Junior World Rally Championship, the Dungannon driver admits he will be starting from scratch alongside co-driver Nagle when the action gets under way tomorrow.

"I've a half idea of what to expect from the recce we did five years ago but it will be a clean-sheet-of-paper approach when we get there," he said.

"We'll have more opposition than we did in Brazil with Nasser Al-Attiyah and Federico Villagra, who will both be strong because they are quick but also know the rally very well.

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