Briton Meeke wins Rally of Argentina

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SHOWS: AROUND VILLA CARLOS PAZ, ARGENTINA (APRIL 26, 2015) (SPORTSMAN MEDIA GROUP – SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE) 1. BRITISH DRIVER KRIS MEEKE (CITROEN) COMPETING IN RALLY OF ARGENTINA 2. ON-BOARD

Briton Meeke wins Rally of Argentina

SHOWS:

AROUND VILLA CARLOS PAZ, ARGENTINA (APRIL 26, 2015) (SPORTSMAN MEDIA GROUP – SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE)

1. BRITISH DRIVER KRIS MEEKE (CITROEN) COMPETING IN RALLY OF ARGENTINA

2. ON-BOARD CAMERA SHOWING MEEKE DRIVING ALONGSIDE HIS CO-DRIVER, PAUL NAGLE OF IRELAND/NAGLE AND MEEKE CELEBRATING AFTER WINNING THE RALLY OF ARGENTINA

3. AERIAL OF MEEKE AND NAGLE STANDING ON TOP OF THEIR CAR AND CELEBRATING

4. MEEKE AND NAGLE CELEBRATING BEFORE MEEKE JUMPS OFF

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH RALLY DRIVER, KRIS MEEKE, SAYING:

“What can I say? It’s been an exceptionally long road but… (MEEKE BREAKS DOWN INTO TEARS”

6. AERIAL OF FINNISH DRIVER JARI-MATTI LATVALA (VOLKSWAGEN) RETIRING DUE TO AN ENGINE PROBLEM

7. NORWEGIAN ANDREAS MIKKELSEN RACING IN HIS VOLKSWAGEN

8. MIKKELSEN CLIPPING A ROCK AND CRASHING

9. MIKKELSEN’S CAR ON THE ROAD

10. VARIOUS OF HYUNDAI’S BELGIAN DRIVER, THOMAS NEUVILLE CLIPPING A ROCK AND CRASHING

11. VARIOUS OF CITROEN’S NORWEGIAN DRIVER MADS OSTBERG RACING IN RALLY

12. MEEKE, OSTBERG AND THIRD-PLACED ELFYN EVANS OF BRITAIN CELEBRATING WITH THEIR CO-DRIVERS ON PODIUM

STORY: Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke won his first victory on Sunday (April 26) when he led home a Citroen one-two finish in the Rally of Argentina.

Meeke’s team mate Mads Ostberg of Norway finished second 18.1 seconds behind, having chased him relentlessly on the final day of the four-day event. It was the first one-two finish for Citroen since Finland in 2012

World championship leader Sebastien Ogier led at the start of the rally but stopped his Volkswagen Polo on the second stage with fuel supply problems on Friday (April 24).

Meeke took over the lead and held it to the end of the event, despite losing some time to his pursuers when he encountered thick dust.

It was Meeke’s first ever victory and when interviewed afterwards he could only say a few words before breaking down into tears.

Strongest challenger was Ostberg who made up 20 seconds in the final two stages, while a challenge from Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala faded on Saturday (April 25).

Latvala, Ogier’s team mate driving a Volkswagen Polo, also suffered fuel supply problems and retired from the rally on Sunday.

It was a bad weekend for Volkswagen as Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen clipped a rock in spectacular fashion and crashed as he tried to pick up some bonus points in Sunday’s end of rally ‘power stage’.

Shortly after Mikkelsen’s crash, Hyundai driver Thomas Neuville of Belgium clipped the same rock and span 180 degrees.

Third at the finish was UK driver Elfyn Evans who scored his first podium place in his Ford Fiesta, despite breaking his rear suspension on the final stage.

It was the first time since Germany 2013 that champions Volkswagen had failed to finish in the top three.

France’s Ogier finished 14th for Volkswagen after retiring from the rally. He was allowed to resume next day but with time penalties for the stages he missed, which ended his hopes of a sixth successive win.

Ogier, who has never won in Argentina, returned to pick up three points for winning Sunday’s ‘power stage’ and remains comfortably ahead in the championship with 84 points after four rounds.

Ostberg moved up to second in the standings with 51 points.

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