Kris Meeke has joined the exclusive club of WRC winners today in Argentina, becoming the first British driver to win at the top level since the late Colin McRae 13 years ago.
The Citroen driver who has been on good form all weekend took the rally win ahead of teammate Mads Osberg and M-Sport’s Elfyn Evans. Of course you will have noticed the lack of Volkswagen drivers on the podium this weekend, mainly due to engine issues that both Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala sustained.
Andreas Mikkelsen meanwhile was the victim of misadventure in his Polo, crashing on the final Stage at exactly the same place Hyundai’s Theirry Neuville after hitting a rock. Dani Sordo meanwhile who was struggling with a broken handbrake and power steering on Friday finished fifth behind Martin Prokop, despite putting some pressure on Meeke on Saturday during Stage 8. He had to concede fourth later on due to mechanical issues.
Meeke did have a lead of 68 seconds heading into Saturday, however after spinning his DS3 in thick dust on the opening Stage 7, that gap was cut by 30 seconds by Osberg. There was some speculation that Citroen may be looking at using team orders to ensure both drivers finished and grabbed the teams best result since Rally Finland in 2012, however that turned out not to be the case.
Elfyn Evans meanwhile completes a top three mainly made up of British drivers. He managed to cross the finish line with a broken rear suspension. And despite his engine and fuel supply issues Sebastien Ogier managed to pick up three bonus points after winning the final Power Stage.