From IRC media [ 18/03/2009 ].
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Rally de Curitiba winner Kris Meeke is determined his victory in Brazil won't be a one-off and has revealed that he is already targeting a repeat performance when he resumes his Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign on the Sata Rally Acores in May.
The Briton drove his Peugeot UK 207 Super 2000 to his first IRC win in South America but insists he can't afford to relax.
"I'm going to have to work as hard, if not harder, to make sure we can do it again," said Meeke, who was co-driven to victory in Brazil by Irishman Paul Nagle. "Skoda will be back for the Azores and that will just add another dimension to it all and make it more difficult."
Meeke continued: "The Azores is going to be a new event for a lot of the drivers and, like Brazil, that will mean a level playing field. I showed in Brazil what I could do so I have to believe in my ability to make good pace notes from scratch again."
"As much as I believe in my own abilities on asphalt I can't compete with the knowledge of some of the other guys have. I know Freddy Loix will be very strong in Ypres, Jan Kopecky is going to be difficult to live with on the Czech round and Giandomenico Basso will be hard to beat in Sanremo. Therefore I have to capitalise on the new events starting with the Azores."