The Citroen driver Kris Meeke took his second win of the season 2017 and the fifth in his career, in dominant style after winning Rally Spain.
Irish took the lead at mid-race on Saturday and every following dopom increasingly broke away from sébastien Ogier. Winning five of six special stages Sunday, Mick secured the win with an advantage of 28 seconds.
Given the fact that after the triumph at Rally Mexico, which took place in early March, Chris only twice in eight races getting to the finish (18th in Argentina and 8 in Finland) and was excluded from participation in Poland, this result can be called truly outstanding.
“Just a great weekend. It does not matter how many times you fall, but how many times could rise! Several times in my career I had to fall to rise again, – said Mick. We always knew that our car looks great on asphalt tracks, and this result is proof of that. The victory will give more confidence to our entire team.”
Sebastien Ogier, again, as on the previous four stages, he could not win. But the Frenchman can be satisfied with the results of the weekend. Second place and points for the third position on the bonus stage on a background of vanishing Thierry Neuville allowed him to break away in the championship on 38 points from the Belgian. For the remaining two stages will be played on 60, so that the final in Australia, the French will in any case arrive the overall leader.
“We were great this weekend, although it wasn’t always easy,’ said Ogier. After an amazing Friday we had a little problem on the asphalt stages on Saturday, but then we managed to get into the rhythm. We have earned good points, including the bonus stage. So it’s all good!”
Throughout the weekend, the second rider M-Sport’s Ott Tanak was breathing in the back of his titlewasnow partner, but never surpassed him in the General classification at the finish and lost five seconds. However, the third place, the Estonian was enough to reach the second place in the championship, having outstripped on one point Neville.
Thus, for two stages before the end of the season, two riders private team M-Sport lead the overall. In the team competition the team of Malcolm Wilson will be enough to score four points in the remaining rally to win.
The fourth rally of Spain completed the one reached the finish racer Toyota Juho Hanninen. Jari-Matti Latvala went down because of technical problems on Friday, and Esapekka Lappi dropped out of the race after the accident on Sunday morning.
Rounded out the five strongest Mads Ostberg on the private car by Ford.
The next stage – Rally GB – will be held from 26 to 29 October.
|1.||Kris Meeke||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT||3:01.21,1|
|2.||Sebastien Ogier||M-Sport World Rally Team||+28,0|
|3.||Ott Tanak||M-Sport World Rally Team||+33,0|
|4.||Juho Hänninen||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC||+54,1|
|5.||Mads Ostberg||M-Sport World Rally Team||+2.26,2|
|6.||Stéphane Lefebvre||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT||+2.43,0|
|7.||Elfyn Evans||M-Sport World Rally Team||+4.37,4|
|8.||Teemu Suninen||M-Sport World Rally Team||+8.22,7|
|9.||Jan Kopecky||Skoda Motorsport II||+8.54,5|
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