Kris Meeke claims Rally de Espana as Sebastien Ogier closes on title

Northern Ireland driver takes second victory of the season

Northern Ireland driver  Kris Meeke in action during the final day of the Rally de Espana in  Salou. Photograph: Nikos Mitsouras/EPA

Northern Ireland driver Kris Meeke in action during the final day of the Rally de Espana in Salou. Photograph: Nikos Mitsouras/EPA

 

Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke roared to victory at the Rally de Espana as Sebastien Ogier edged closer to the title.

Overnight leader Meeke, from Dungannon, won all three morning stages and two more in the afternoon.

The Citroen driver, 38, secured his second victory of the season – and the fifth World Rally Championship win of his career – by 28 seconds from Ogier.

However, Frenchman Ogier extended his championship lead to 37 points from Ford team-mate Ott Tanak, with Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20) a point further back in third.

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