Volkswagen team boss Jost Capito believes that, Kris Meeke should easily win Rally Finland, this weekend. As PH-Sport run Citroen squad is only contesting partially in 2016 WRC season, Meeke currently holds ninth position in the standings. That means he will be eight on the road in Finland due to Dani Sordo's absence. Capito strongly believes, with the road position Meeke has, he will be unbeatable in Rally Finland.
Capito said, "It's clear - if Kris does no major mistake, he wins Finland. There's no doubt about that. Nobody else will stand a chance. This is clear already and now we can all see that this is clear." Even though VW spearhead Sebastien Ogier holds championship lead, he has not won a gravel rally this season. Capito is certain of things not changing, as the current road order rule puts championship leader first on the road for first two days. Capito further added, "It's not just difficult for Ogier to fight for the win, it's impossible now for Ogier to fight for the win."
But Kris Meeke has disagreed with Capito's statement. He said these are just mind games played to provoke him. He said, "That's bullshit. Finland's nothing like Portugal, or Sardinia or Poland. Even if it's bone dry this week, there are only a few places where it'll be more tricky [to be first on the road]. The weather here has been wet in the run-up to the event. Running first on the road will be no disadvantage at all this week. In fact, it's quite possible it might be an advantage. It's nice that Jost is saying that, nice to be remembered when I'm away and not competing on these rallies - it's better than him saying: 'Meeke's shit and he's got no chance'. But I think we can see this for what it is: mind games. Maybe he's trying to provoke me a little bit."
Having not driven the DS3 WRC since Rally Portugal, Kris Meeke is concerned about his pace in Finland. Meeke added, "I would have to really stick my neck out to be on the pace in Finland. That's not what this rally is about for me. I had to do that last year, I had to set those times to try and get the long-term deal that I wanted. Don't get me wrong, I'll be trying - I love Finland and it's a fantastic place to drive a rally car, but I've nothing to prove."
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