Kris Meeke in second gear!
Kris Meeke & Paul Nagle © DPPI

Kris Meeke in second gear!

09/10/2017

After a highly contested RallyRACC Catalunya – Costa Daurad, the British driver seizes the eleventh round of the World Rally Championship. Despite poor 2017 results and a demotion at Citroën, Meeke wins his second rally of the season.

1: On his home soil, the young Spaniard Nil Solans proved the odds right and seized victory in the Junior category, winning the Junior World Rally Champion title as well. Four victories, two second places and 158 points won in six rounds: the results of the 25 year-old drive are prodigious. The 2017 JWRC’s podium is completed by two Frenchmen: Nicolas Ciamin, fifth this week-end and ending the season with 125 points; and Terry Folb, second in Spain and holding 92 points in the overall standings.

2: As the number of victories held by Kris Meeke this season. After his win in Mexico during the third act of the Championship, the Brit encountered a dark serie by finishing only two rallies (18th in Portugal and 8th in Finland) out of six, which forced the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT management to put him on the side for the Polish event. This success sounds therefore as a rebirth for the Northern Irish who scored in Catalonia his fifth career win.

11: As the number of rallies that saw M-Sport placing at least one car on the podium. With four victories, four second places and six third positions, the results scored by the trio Ogier-Tänak-Evans is astonishing. By counting the end of the 2016 season, this stat goes up to 16 consecutive podiums for M-Sport, an absolute record that might be improved in Great Britain where Sébastien Ogier won last year.

198: As the number of points held by Sébastien Ogier in the overall standings of the World Championship. While his closest rival Thierry Neuville seemed to be in position of contesting the domination of the four-time World Champion, with only a 17-point gap before the Spanish event, the Hyundai driver was unfortunate this week-end. Following a broken suspension, the Belgian had to retire after SS16 and let Sébastien Ogier, second in Catalonia, fly away in the overall standings with now a 37 point-lead over his runner-up and teammate Ott Tänak.

358: As the number of points held by M-Sport in the Manufacturers’ standings. With three crews in the Top 10 and two cars on the podium in Spain, the British Team made a huge step towards the title. Running after it since 2007, M-Sport will only have to secure two cars at the finish line of Rally Wales GB (26-29 October), whatever their positions are, to finally win the Holy Grail.

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