Little home comfort for Meeke

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

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Dungannon's World Rally Championship star Kris Meeke had to settle for seventh in his home rally.

The 38-year-old was unable to follow up his fine victory in Spain a few weeks ago with another triumphant performance.

Welshman Elfyn Evans won the Wales Rally GB on home turf, ahead of Frenchman Sebastian Ogier, who finished in third place to claim his fifth consecutive world title.

Evans became the first Welshman to win the event, 37.3 seconds ahead of Thierry Neuville, with Ogier a further 7.9 seconds back.

After a difficult start, Kris Meeke managed to finish with something of a flourish, coming in second on the final Power Stage after an incident free rally.

His team mate Craig Breen was not quite so fortunate as his Citroen beached on a low bank when he went off the road, before climbing back up the standings to finish 15th.

The result sees Kris Meeke pick up 10 points to climb to eighth in the overall championship standings, leapfrogging team mate Breen.

Meeke has picked up 70 points so far this year, and will be targeting climbing to seventh in the final classification after the last race of the year in Australia in just under three weeks time.

He sits just one point behind seventh placed Finnish driver Juho Hanninen.


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