Catalunya WRC: Meeke wins, Ogier edges closer to title

Kris Meeke won two more stages on his way to securing victory in Rally Catalunya as Sebastien Ogier edged ever closer to the 2017 WRC title.

After topping Sunday's three morning stages, Citroen driver Meeke also set the pace in SS17 and SS18 and kicked off the Power Stage with a sizeable advantage.

The Briton was only second in the final run of the event but still extended his gap over second-placed Ogier to win by 28s.

Meeke recorded his second victory of the season and his fifth in WRC overall.

It was local driver Dani Sordo topping the Power Stage, the Spaniard thus salvaging five points despite finishing 14 minutes behind Meeke overall.

Ogier slightly increased his small advantage over M-Sport teammate Ott Tanak to five seconds to secure second place, and extended the championship lead to 37 points.

Tanak, who completed the podium, is now one point ahead of Hyundai's Neuville, who retired from the event for good on Sunday morning.

Toyota's Juho Hanninen, the last driver to finish less than a minute behind Meeke, claimed his third consecutive top-four finish.

Privateer Ford entrant Mads Ostberg secured his best result of the season in fifth, 17 seconds ahead of Citroen's Stephane Lefebvre, as DMACK's Elfyn Evans was the fourth Ford in the top seven.

The top 10 was completed by WRC2 winner Teemu Suninen and the Skodas of Jan Kopecky and Ole Christian Veiby.

Suninen scored his first win in the category this year after finishing second in Sweden, France and Portugal respectively.

Other top class drivers to finish the event were Hyundai's Andreas Mikkelsen, 15 minutes adrift, and the third Citroen of Khalid Al-Qassimi.

Final results:

1 united_kingdom Kris Meeke 
ireland Paul Nagle 
Citroën C3 WRC RC1  
2 france Sébastien Ogier 
france Julien Ingrassia 
Ford Fiesta WRC '17 RC1 28.0
3 estonia Ott Tanak 
estonia Martin Jarveoja 
Ford Fiesta WRC '17 RC1 33.0
4 finland Juho Hanninen 
finland Kaj Lindstrom 
Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 54.1
5 norway Mads Ostberg 
norway Torstein Eriksen 
Ford Fiesta WRC '17 RC1 2'26.2
6 france Stéphane Lefebvre 
france Gabin Moreau 
Citroën C3 WRC RC1 2'43.0
7 united_kingdom Elfyn Evans 
united_kingdom Daniel Barritt 
Ford Fiesta WRC '17 RC1 4'37.4

finland Teemu Suninen 

finland Mikko Markkula 

Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 8'22.7
9 czech_republic Jan Kopecky 
czech_republic Pavel Dresler 
Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 8'54.5
10 norway Ole Christian Veiby 
norway Stig Rune Skjaermoen 
Škoda Fabia R5 RC2 9'04.8
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Series WRC
Event Rally Catalunya
Drivers Kris Meeke
Teams Citroën World Rally Team
Article type Leg report