Monday 16 January 2017

Kris Meeke wraps up victory in Rally of Portugal

Published 22/05/2016 | 18:11

A Citroen DS 3 was first across the line in the Rally of Portugal
A Citroen DS 3 was first across the line in the Rally of Portugal

Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke became the fourth different winner in five World Rally Championship rounds this season by wrapping up a comfortable victory in the Rally of Portugal.

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The 36-year-old held an advantage of more than 43 seconds going into the final day and he made sure of a winning return to action, having missed the previous two rallies in the Americas.

Meeke's Citroen DS 3 finished 29.7 seconds ahead of Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen in Matosinhos, after the Volkswagen Polo R driver overhauled team-mate and world champion, France's Sebastien Ogier.

Meeke, who is driving a part-programme as Citroen develops a new car for 2017, told "It was nearly a perfect weekend, a textbook performance.

"It's another step for me as a driver. This year is all about gathering experience and I couldn't have done any more. We'll use these rallies this year for our benefit and try to mount a title challenge next year."

The next round of the championship takes place in Sardinia from June 9-12.

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