Stormont pays tribute to World Rally star Kris Meeke

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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.’


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RMS Forum Comments

lackingBHP replied at 09:29, Thu 17 Dec, 2015
Gutted to miss this, work in the bloody building but didn't even know it was happening!
Lyons replied at 11:18, Thu 17 Dec, 2015
From the title I thought he'd died!
A6Avant replied at 11:20, Thu 17 Dec, 2015
| From the title I thought he'd died!
gary87 replied at 10:30, Fri 18 Dec, 2015
He could've made a bit of effort! Did Jonny Rea or Colin Turkington get a Stormont reception even though they won their respective championships; not finished fifth?
nobby replied at 15:43, Fri 18 Dec, 2015
J Rea definitely deserved something but because it involved a motorbike ... best not promoting such a sport in their eyes Disgusting that Jonny has not been recognised more fully for his contribution to sport here he comes across as a really nice guy too BUT fair do's to Chris too, he deserves the credit
Graham replied at 17:34, Fri 18 Dec, 2015
The bike men get far superior and much more coverage on the news and print media than rallying has ever achieved !
nobby replied at 17:58, Fri 18 Dec, 2015
I feel that you are missing the point Graham, Jonny won the WSB c'ship by being the best rider out there and there is no special recognition like this for him. Yes there is coverage of bike racing to an extent but more on local comp like NW200 ... Not all riders do roads Still a great achievement for Kris though
Graham replied at 18:12, Fri 18 Dec, 2015
I do not miss the point at all, and agree they should get official and public congratulations from our "powers"
Cess replied at 18:52, Fri 18 Dec, 2015
There was call for a reception for Johnny Rea. But bear in mind as soon as the season finished, he was back out testing a new bike for Kawasaki and after that, his wife had another child. It might well be Johnny Rea hasn't had time or its the least of his priorities. We recognise all achievements here!
gary87 replied at 13:52, Sat 19 Dec, 2015
| The bike men get far superior and much more coverage on the news and print media than rallying has ever achieved !
Probably because they are winning titles :P