KRIS MEEKE and Paul Nagle claimed their second victory of the WRC season on Rally Catalunya last weekend. The Citroën crew dominated the event from early on in day one to claim the win by 28 seconds. A welcome return to form for the Irish pairing in what can only be described as a character-building season battling with an ill-performing car and a string of driver errors. Last weekend shows the potential of both crew and car on asphalt and further highlights the opportunities lost this year.
Championship leader Sébastien Ogier took a step closer to a fifth world title by finishing second, and third place went to Ott Tänak moving him ahead of the only other Championship contender, Thierry Neuville who suffered a retirement after clipping a rock and damaging the suspension and steering, a potentially terminal blow to his hopes of a maiden title.
With two rounds remaining in Great Britain and Australia, the titles are now heading towards their climax. Ogier takes a 37-point lead over Tänak into Wales Rally GB with Neuville just one point further behind. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, second and third for M-Sport gives the British team a significant boost and it needs to claim just four points to take the win on home soil.
The World Rally Championship now heads back into the forests for the autumnal Wales Rally GB, October 26-29.