Signing with the defending manufacturers’ champions is a gigantic chance for the 39-year-old who firmly believes he has what it takes to become a routine WRC winner. But so as to achieve that target, Meeke needs to tweak his approach.
He’s suffered a tumultuous few years. A protege of WRC legend Colin McRae, Meeke devised a reputation because of his ferocious determination and capacity to push the limitation. It’s an approach that attracted success: five victories.
But it’s also cost him dearly sometimes. There have been mistakes and crashes. His tremendous shunt in Vodafone Rally de Portugal prompted Citroën to cut him loose midway through last semester.
Meeke’s had lots of time to represent while to the sidelines and also his full programme together with Toyota is your lifeline he had been praying for. And it’s probably his last throw of the WRC dice.
Meeke needs to create the season a hit. Alongside new co-driver Seb Marshall, he has to push for wins, but has to also find a means to maintain his Yaris to the street.
Together with team mates Ott Tänak and Jari-Matti Latvala for company, the desire to attempt to dismiss them away will probably be strong. However he can’t afford to get that mistake. A quantified approach could be the sole answer. The Finn is the best candidate to get the most out of Meeke and also ensure he contributes to safeguarding Toyota’therefore manufacturers’ crown.
When he signed his 20-19 deal, Meeke remembered competing in Toyota machines within an ambitious 16-year-old and emphasized how his career has come full circle.
With a back story like that, Meeke will expect in 2013 will relaunch his WRC career, and never ending it.