Kris Meeke has been welcomed to Stormont to celebrate his success in the 2015 World Rally Championship. The event was hosted by MLAs Arlene Foster and Gordon Dunne.
The special tribute recognised Kris Meeke’s remarkable season in the 2015 World Rally Championship, where he finished the Championship in 5th place, driving for the Citroen World Rally Team. The highlight of the season was winning Rally Argentina in April, his first ever World Rally win and becoming the first British driver to secure a World Rally since the late Colin McRae in 2002 who mentored Kris for many years. A further success during this season was finishing second in the recent Wales Rally GB in November. Motorsport enthusiast Gordon Dunne MLA organised the celebration and was joined by Arlene Foster to celebrate Kris Meeke’s superb season.
Arlene Foster MLA said:
‘I would like to congratulate Kris on a fantastic season in the World Rally Championship. His performances against the best rally drivers in the world have been incredible, particularly winning Rally Argentina – his first win at World Rally Championship level. Kris is an outstanding ambassador for Northern Ireland in a country with such a rich motorsport heritage and I certainly wish him well for the future.’
North Down MLA Gordon Dunne added:
‘I was delighted to be able to welcome Kris to Parliament Buildings to celebrate his success in 2015. We are all incredibly proud of Kris and what he has achieved in his career to date. Kris is an excellent role model for young people and his success this year caps what has been a wonderful year for our local sporting stars. To have a World Rally driver from Northern Ireland at the very pinnacle of the sport is remarkable and is testament to the skill and dedication which Kris has. Northern Ireland continues to produce many talented drivers and having successful events like the Circuit of Ireland Rally on our doorstep helps to fuel the passion of spectators and competitors alike. 2016 promises to be another exciting year on the local Rally scene and I have no doubt that ‘The Circuit’ will be another very exciting event next year as a round of the spectacular European Rally Championship and one we can all look forward to.’