Meeke wins Rally de Portugal

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Sunday 22nd May, 2016 - 11:26pm

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Kris Meeke took his second WRC victory

Kris Meeke took his second WRC victory

Kris Meeke has completed a dominant performance at the Rally de Portugal easing through to the finish.

The Citroen driver led from the second stage of the event to beat home Andreas Mikkelsen and Sebastien Ogier.

The Ulsterman’s 29.7 second victory in the Citroen DS 3 is the second WRC win after finishing first in Argentina last year.

“I have to say it was a really perfect weekend – textbook,” said Meeke.

“A huge thanks for my team and my engineer who did a lot of work for this rally. I couldn’t have done any more really.

“For me as a driver it’s another step. Next year we’ll mount a real challenge.”

Meeke had missed the previous two events in Mexico and Argentina, but had plenty of time at the wheel as Citroen forged ahead with testing of the next-generation World Rally Car.

Andreas Mikkelsen outpaced team-mate and championship leader Sebastien Ogier on the final day to take second in a Volkswagen Polo R, relegating the Frenchman to the last step of the podium by 4.8 seconds.

Ogier won the final live TV Power Stage to claim three bonus points. Jari-Matti Latvala took two points for second while Mikkelsen claimed the final point in third.

Australia’s Scott Pedder just missed a podium result in the WRC 2 category. After rolling his Skoda in the pre-event shakedown and then losing a lot of time on the opening day due to a puncture. Pedder fought back to be sitting in third with just one stage remaining, before a spin on the final test saw him finish just 0.2 seconds off the podium.

“Not the end to Rally de Portugal we hoped for, unfortunately had a spin on the final stage and relinquished third in ‪‎WRC 2 ‬to Marius Aasen,” said Pedder.

“Had a great weekend though, the car and the team were awesome and we will come back stronger! Congratulations to Pontus Tidemand (WRC 2 winner) great dive all weekend!”

VIDEO: Morning stages

VIDEO:Final stages

FINAL POSITIONS : Rally de Portugal

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Kris Meeke Abu Dhabi Total WRT Citroen 3:59:01.0
2 Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Volkswagen +0:29.7
3 Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +0:34.5
4 Dani Sordo Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai +1:37.1
5 Eric Camilli M-Sport World Rally Team Ford +4:01.6
6 Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen +4:06.9
7 Mads Ostberg M-Sport World Rally Team Ford +6:53.6
8 Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford +10:24.1
9 Pontus Tidemand Skoda Motorsport Skoda (WRC 2) +11:45.2
10 Nicolas Fuchs Skoda (WRC 2) +13:14.0

 

Standings
Pos Driver Total
1. Sebastien OGIER 114
2. Andreas MIKKELSEN 67
3. Mads OSTBERG 58
4. Hayden PADDON 57
5. Dani SORDO 56
6. Jari-Matti LATVALA 37
7. Kris MEEKE 26
8. Ott TANAK 24
9. Thierry NEUVILLE 23
10. Eric CAMILLI 14
11. Stephane LEFEBVRE 10
12. Martin PROKOP 10
13. Henning SOLBERG 8
14. Elfyn EVANS 6
15. Marcos Sebastian LIGATO 6
16. Lorenzo BERTELLI 4
17. Craig BREEN 4
18. Teemu SUNINEN 3
19. Pontus TIDEMAND 2
20. Esapekka LAPPI 2
21. Nicolas FUCHS 2
22. Armin KREMER 1
23. Valeriy GORBAN 1

 

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