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Meeke wins Rally Argentina
26 Apr 2015 22:10
Dungannon's Kris Meeke and his Kerry co-driver Paul Nagle won Rally Argentina with 18.1 seconds to spare over Citroen team-mate Mads Ostberg.
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It was Meeke's first World Rally Championship event win.
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"The one guy who did most for me isn't here to see this," Meeke said on the WRC website. "This is for Colin [McRae, late Scottish world champion].
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"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."
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Meeke dominated throughout the four days in Argentina, finding form after crashing out of the opening three rounds of the season.
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Ostberg had to battle illness and engine problems to take second place, giving Citroen a first one-two finish in three years, while Welshman Elfyn Evans had to cling on for third, battling suspension problems on his Ford Fiesta RS over the final stage.
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He finished three minutes, 27.4 seconds down on Meeke after giving up a full minute on the final stage, but did enough to stay ahead of Czech driver Martin Prokop.
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Ostberg's second consecutive second place sees him go up to second in the championship standings behind Sebastian Ogier, who could only manage 17th in his Volkswagen after fuel injection problems.
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