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Kris Meeke wins WRC Argentina
The Northern Irishman piloted his DS3 to victory in the Rally Argentina, outpacing teammate Mads Ostberg by 18.1 seconds to give Citroen their first one-two finish for nearly three years.
Thoroughly nice bloke he is, Meeke dedicated his victory to McRae, who died in a helicopter crash in 2007.
“The one guy who did most for me isn’t here to see this,” said Meeke. “This is for Colin. He helped my career out at the very beginning. He supported me financially through to the world championship. Without his support I wouldn’t be here.”
Meeke’s 2015 WRC campaign had, until Argentina, looked on the ropes, the 35-year-old crashing in the first three rounds of the season, and failing to get close to the dominant Sebastien Ogier in his VW Polo R.
But the Bentley-sliding, Captain-Slow-scaring Brit was dominant in Argentina, leading virtually from start to finish despite a puncture and spin on the last day.
Meeke’s first world rally win comes in his fourth season in the WRC, with three third-place finishes in 2014 his previous best results.
Elfyn Evans brought home his Fiesta in third spot, the young Welshman’s first podium finish coming in his second WRC season. The last time two British drivers were on a WRC podium? New Zealand, 2001. The drivers? Richard Burns and Colin McRae…