Putting the disappointments of two non-finishes behind him, the Citroen C3 driver Kris Meeke, finally got it right and have won the Rally Mexico that finished in Leon, Mexico this afternoon. But it was close or it could have been different as he gave away 20 seconds of his lead to Sebastien Ogier in die M-Sport Ford Fiesta on the last lap.
Here is how it happened:
Sun 13:25 – SS19: Meeke So he wins in Mexico! It’s a triumphant return to form for Kris and Citroën after a couple of sketchy events in Monte Carlo and Sweden. “I got caught out on a bump after the jump. I’m a lucky, lucky boy. That’s one way to finish the rally but we didn’t need that…”
Sun 13:22 – SS19: Meeke Somehow he avoided the parked cars, found his way back onto the stage and crossed the finish line. His winning margin: 13.8sec!
Sun 13:21 – SS19: Meeke Unbelievable scenes at the Power Stage! Meeke’s car left the road on a fast right-hander 1km before the finish and ended up in a car park!
Sun 13:18 – SS19: Meeke He’s won!
Sun 13:17 – SS19: MeekeHe’s on again!
Sun 13:17 – SS19: Meeke He’s off!
Sun 13:17 – SS19: OgierSeb said yesterday that this wouldn’t be an all or nothing rally. Sure enough he plays it cool to secure second place and move top of the drivers’ standings. He slots second quickest in the Power Stage standings. “It’s been a strong performance. We did what we could, we have to be happy with that. It has been an important result.”
A full report on the event will be published on www rallystar.net tomorrow morning
Top fifteen overall provisionally:
|1.||7||K. MEEKE||P. NAGLE||Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT||M||RC1||3:22:04.6|
|2.||1||S. OGIER||J. INGRASSIA||M-Sport World Rally Team||M||RC1||3:22:18.4||+13.8||+13.8|
|3.||5||T. NEUVILLE||N. GILSOUL||Hyundai Motorsport||M||RC1||3:23:04.3||+45.9||+59.7|
|4.||2||O. TANAK||M. JARVEOJA||M-Sport World Rally Team||M||RC1||3:24:22.9||+1:18.6||+2:18.3|
|5.||4||H. PADDON||J. KENNARD||Hyundai Motorsport||M||RC1||3:25:37.5||+1:14.6||+3:32.9|
|6.||10||J. LATVALA||M. ANTTILA||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||M||RC1||3:26:44.9||+1:07.4||+4:40.3|
|7.||11||J. HANNINEN||K. LINDSTRÖM||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||M||RC1||3:27:10.8||+25.9||+5:06.2|
|8.||6||D. SORDO||M. MARTI||Hyundai Motorsport||M||RC1||3:27:27.3||+16.5||+5:22.7|
|9.||3||E. EVANS||D. BARRITT||M-Sport World Rally Team||M||RC1||3:30:46.4||+3:19.1||+8:41.8|
|10.||30||P. TIDEMAND||J. ANDERSSON||Škoda Motorsport||WRC2||RC2||3:32:56.5||+2:10.1||+10:51.9|
|11.||31||E. CAMILLI||B. VEILLAS||M-Sport World Rally Team||WRC2||RC2||3:33:39.2||+42.7||+11:34.6|
|12.||34||B. GUERRA||B. ROZADA||Motosport Italia Slr.||WRC2||RC2||3:40:42.6||+7:03.4||+18:38.0|
|13.||12||V. GORBAN||S. LARENS||Eurolamp World Rally Team||WRCT||RC1||3:43:11.4||+2:28.8||+21:06.8|
|14.||81||R. TRIVIÑO||M. HERNANDEZ||Ricardo TRIVIÑO||RC2||3:55:41.1||+12:29.7||+33:36.5|
|15.||8||S. LEFEBVRE||G. MOREAU||Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT||M||RC1||4:13:40.5||+17:59.4||+51:35.9|