MARSHALL NEW CO-DRIVER MEEKE FOR 2019 WRC
Sebastian Marshall will be Kris Meeke's new co-driver next season.
Sebastian Marshall, who has been sitting alongside Hayden Paddon and Kevin Abbring earlier, will be Kris Meeke's new co-driver. Marshall scored a podium finish (alongside Paddon) at Rally Australia last month. The Briton Tweeted:
"I want to express my enormous thanks to Hayden and everybody in the Hyundai team, who I have spent the last four years with. It's been an amazing experience with some great memories to look back on, not least our podium finish last time out in Australia."
Kris Meeke said on Facebook:
"Next year represents a fresh challenge for me, though, so it’s a blank sheet of paper, with a new guy reading the pacenotes. I’ve actually known Seb for quite a long time, in fact, and we all know he’s right up there at the level.
The priority is to build up that relationship between us in the car, of course, and that’ll start in competition terms in Monte Carlo. But we’ll have a fair bit of testing beneath us by the time we get to that point, and that will help. So I’m very pleased he’s joining me, and I’m confident for the future."
Meeke announced that he parted ways with his former co-driver Paul Nagle earlier. It's yet to be confirmed what Nagle's plans are for next season. Paddon's 2019 programme is also not (yet) to be announced.
Not the only co-driver switch:
Kris Meeke isn't the only driver swapping co-drivers next year. Teemu Suninen parted ways with Mikko Markkula and will be co-driven by Marko Salminen in 2019. Salminen was Takamoto Katsuta's co-driver for the last two seasons.