Citroen’s Kris Meeke wins WRC Portugal

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The Briton, who missed the previous two WRC rounds in the Americas, led for all but the first of the 19 speed tests to win the four-day rough road event in northern Portugal by 29.7sec in Citroen's DS 3.

It was his second world success after triumphing in Argentina last year.

“An almost perfect weekend - huge thanks to my team. We made the most of the position we were in and I couldn't have done any more,” said Meeke.

“It shows the DS 3 is still a great car. For me too it's another step. I'm really, really excited about 2017!”

Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen outpaced team-mate and championship leader Sebastien Ogier on the final day to take second in a Volkswagen Polo R, relegating the Frenchman to the last step of the podium by 4.8sec.

“I had another puncture, so two and only one spare. Luckily it was a slow puncture and I was able to get enough air in for the stage,” bemoaned Ogier.

Three-time defending world champion Ogier still holds a 47-point lead over Mikkelsen in the drivers' standings, after finishing on the podium in all five of the rallies so far this season.

RALLY PORTUGAL RESULTS - TOP 10

1. Kris Meeke (Britain) Citroen - 3:59:01.000

2. Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) Volkswagen +00:29.700

3. Sebastien Ogier (France) Volkswagen 00:34.500

4. Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai 01:37.100

5. Eric Camilli (France) Ford 04:01.600

6. Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) Volkswagen 04:06.900

7. Mads Ostberg (Norway) Ford 06:53.600

8. Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) Ford 10:24.100

9. Pontus Tidemand (Sweden) Skoda 11:45.200

10. Nicolas Fuchs (Peru) Skoda 13:14.000

DRIVER STANDINGS - TOP 10

1. Sebastien Ogier (France) Volkswagen - 114

2. Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) Volkswagen - 67

3. Mads Ostberg (Norway) Ford - 58

4. Hayden Paddon (New Zealand) Hyundai - 57

5. Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai - 56

6. Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) Volkswagen - 37

7. Kris Meeke (Britain) Citroen - 26

8. Ott Taenak (Estonia) - 24

9. Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai - 23

10. Eric Camilli (France) Ford - 14

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