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Meeke dedicates first WRC win to mentor McRae

2015-04-27 13:23

DRIFTING THE PRO'S WAY: British driver Kris Meeke, with Irish co-driver Paul Nagle, drifts their Citroen DS3 through Stage 11 of the 2015 Argentinian leg of the WRC near Cordoba on April 26, 2015. Image: AFP / Diego Lima

ALAN BALDWIN

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Britain's Kris Meeke paid tribute to his late mentor and former rally driver Colin McRae after taking the first win of his World Rally championship career in Argentina on Sunday (April 26 2015).

"This one is for Colin," the Citroen driver said after becoming the first Briton to win a round of the championship since Scot McRae in 2002.

McRae, the 1995 World Rally champion, died in a helicopter crash near his family home in 2007. His last win was the Safari Rally.

PROBLEMS FOR OGIER

Northern Irishman Meeke's Citroen team mate Mads Ostberg of Norway was second, 18.1se behind, in Sunday's event around the resort of Villa Carlos Paz, near Cordoba, 700km north-west of Buenos Aires.

Britain's Elfyn Evans was third in a Ford for his first WRC podium finish despite breaking his car's rear suspension on the final stage.

World champion Sebastien Ogier was 14th for Volkswagen. He retired on the opening day with engine problems which ended his hopes of a sixth consecutive win.

RARE LOSS FOR VW

The Frenchman, 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.

It was the first time since Germany in 2013 that champion team Volkswagen, which also saw Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala retire, had failed to finish in the top three.

It was also Citroen's first 1-2 finish since 2012.

Result from the 2015 Rally of Argentina on Sunday
1 Kris Meeke (Britain) Citroen 3hr41min44.9
2 Mads Ostberg (Norway) Citroen +0min18.1
3 Elfyn Evans (Britain) Ford +3min27.4
4 Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) Ford +6min26.1
5 Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai +10min46.7
6 Khalid al-Qassimi (United Arab Emirates) Citroen +11min19.9
7 Abdulaziz al-Kuwari (Qatar) Ford +16min02.6
8 Diego Dominguez (Paraguay) Ford +18min48.2
9 Gustavo Saba (Paraguay) Skoda +21min20.6
10 Federico Villagra (Argentina) Ford +25min19.6

Drivers' and Constructors' standings after the 2015 Rally of Argentina

Drivers
1 Sebastien Ogier (France) Volkswagen Motorsport - 84
2 Mads Ostberg (Norway) Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 51
3 Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) Volkswagen Motorsport II - 47
4 Elfyn Evans (Britain) M-Sport World Rally Team - 41
5. Kris Meeke (Britain) Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 35
6 Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai Shell World Rally Team - 35
7 Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai Shell World Rally Team - 30
8 Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) Jipocar Czech National Team - 26
9 Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) Volkswagen Motorsport - 19
10 Ott Taenak (Estonia) M-Sport World Rally Team - 13
11 Hayden Paddon (New Zealand) Hyundai Motorsport N - 10
12 Khalid Al Qassimi (United Arab Emirates) Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 8
13 Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari (Qatar) Youth & Sports Qatar Rally Team - 6
14 Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar) Nasser Al-Attiyah - 6
15 Sebastien Loeb (France) Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 6
16 Diego Dominguez (Paraguay) Diego Dominguez - 4
17 Yuriy Protasov (Ukraine) D-Max Racing - 2
18 Nicolas Fuchs (Peru) Nicolas Fuchs - 2
19 Gustavo Saba (Paraguay) Saba Competicion - 2
20 Jari Ketomaa (Finland) Drive Dmack - 1

Constructors
1 Volkswagen Motorsport - 103
2 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 85
3 Hyundai Shell World Rally Team - 85
4 M-Sport World Rally Team - 71
5 Jipocar Czech National Team - 32
6 Volkswagen Motorsport II - 15
7 Hyundai Motorsport N - 9
8 FWRT - 3


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