Kris Meeke and Toyota WRC

Colin McRae rally protégé Kris Meeke lands 2019 Toyota WRC drive

Kris Meeke and Toyota WRCWRC rally winner Kris Meeke will drive for Toyota in the 2019 World Rally Championship, securing the top-line drive just months after being sacked by the Citroen team.

Considered one of the out-and-out fastest drivers in world rallying today, Northern Irishman Meeke will complete a full season with Toyota in 2019, lining up alongside Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala.

The drive should at last place Meeke, a protégé of WRC legend Colin McRae, in a car capable of challenging for the WRC title.

“The performance of the Yaris WRC speaks for itself,” said a delighted Meeke, “but the team spirit here is incredible at every level, also with the Japanese culture of honour and respect. I can’t wait to get started.”

Honour and respect, it seems, were in rather short supply at Meeke’s previous employer…

Kris Meeke and Toyota WRC

“The very first championship that I won was actually when I was aged 16 and co-driving for my brother on our local road rally championship. We clinched that title in a Toyota Corolla, so for very many reasons, it fees incredibly good to be here.”

Tommi Makinen, team principal and himself a four time WRC champion, said: “We are all very excited to have Kris joining us here. We know that he is very fast, but he also brings a lot of experience.

“His technical understanding is at a really high level and I believe he can provide new knowledge and ideas to help us in our aim to keep making the Yaris WRC better.

“I think we have a very strong line-up for next year, with three drivers who are all quick, experienced and can win rallies.”

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