Citroen World Rally Championship driver Kris Meeke says his latest test has restored his confidence and brought a performance breakthrough with his DS3 WRC.
Since his podium result on the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally, the Dungannon driver has been through a torrid time, making mistakes on the next three rounds that culminated in a shunt that ended his Rally of Portugal on day one.
Meeke tested the DS3 WRC in Sardinia at the end of April.
“After Portugal I was so low,” said Meeke. “I needed a couple of weeks at home and away from everything, but once I’d had that I just couldn’t wait to get back in the car, and it felt so good to be back there.
“The priority was for me to get the confidence back and to try driving with a smile on my face. I did that.”
As well as a confidence boost, Meeke said the test also provided additional data that will help with the setup of his DS3.
“We did find something,” he said. “We’ve never had any issues with the set-up of the car, but I definitely feel that we improved it a little bit last week.
“The setup is always about finding a balance between traction and finding the feeling through a long corner. We went in a direction where we were able to get those and give me some more confidence. I was very happy coming away from there.”
The 2014 World Rally Championship resumes in Argentina this weekend after a one-month break.