Friday 30 September 2016

Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke leads the Rallye Monte Carlo after two stages

Published 22/01/2016 | 08:01

Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle of Ireland compete in their Abu Dhabi Total WRT Citroen DS3 WRC during the Shakedown of the WRC Monte Carlo
Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle of Ireland compete in their Abu Dhabi Total WRT Citroen DS3 WRC during the Shakedown of the WRC Monte Carlo

Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke left defending World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier in the shade as he topped the standings after the opening two stages of the Rallye Monte Carlo.

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Meeke carved out a 6.9 second overall advantage over Ogier after storming back from dropping the first stage to win the second of the evening by a full 11 seconds.

The Citroen star had spun on the opening stage allowing VW's Ogier to seize the initial advantage, despite the Frenchman insisting he had been driving conservatively over the stage.

Another VW driver Andreas Mikkelsen took third place after team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala dropped out of the top three after being slowed by a minor collision on the second stage.

Hyundai pair Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon sit in fourth and fifth places respectively.

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