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Finland WRC: Meeke seals victory, Neuville tops Power Stage
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Jul 31, 2016, 10:54 AM

Kris Meeke took his second WRC victory of the season after finishing Rally Finland with a comfortable lead over Jari-Matti Latvala.

Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Craig Breen, Scott Martin, Citroën World Rally Team
Craig Breen, Scott Martin, Citroën World Rally Team
Craig Breen, Scott Martin, Citroën World Rally Team

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville went fastest in the Power Stage, beating teammate Hayden Paddon by a second.

Meanwhile, with an advantage of 32.8s before the Power Stage and Meeke comfortably made it home in first, giving up 3.7s to Latvala in the final run.

The Finn ended up second, the local driver failing to win his home event for the first time since 2013.

The podium was completed by Craig Breen, the 26-year-old Irishman celebrating his first top-three finish in WRC.

Losing three seconds in the Power Stage, he ended up narrowly edging out Neuville and Paddon to the spot, the Hyundai duo separated by just 2.3s behind Breen.

Mads Ostberg finished sixth as Andreas Mikkelsen completed a low-key event in seventh.

The top 10 was made up by WRC2 winner Esapekka Lappi, Hyundai's Kevin Abbring and WRC2 runner-up Teemu Suninen.

Final standings

Pos.DriverTeamGap
 1

 Kris Meeke

 Paul Nagle

Citroen 2h38m05.8s
2

 Jari-Matti Latvala

 Miikka Anttila

Volkswagen +29.1s
 3

 Craig Breen

 Martin Scott

Citroen 

+1m41.3s
4

 Thierry Neuville

 Nicolas Gilsoul

Hyundai 

 

+1m45.9s
5

 Hayden Paddon

 John Kennard

Hyundai +1m48.2s
6

 Mads Ostberg

 Ola Floene

Ford +2m04.6s
7

 Andreas Mikkelsen

 Anders Jaeger

Volkswagen +2m22.4s
8

 Esapekka Lappi

 Janne Ferm

Skoda +4m53.8s
9

 Kevin Abbring

 Sebastian Marshall

Hyundai +5m22.4s
10

 Teemu Suninen

 Mikko Markkula

Skoda +5m35.5s

Points standings

Pos.DriverTeamPoints
1

 Sebastien Ogier

 Julien Ingrassia

Volkswagen 143 pt
2

 Andreas Mikkelsen

 Anders Jaeger

Volkswagen 98 pt
3

 Jari-Matti Latvala

 Miikka Anttila

Volkswagen

 

87 pt
4

 Hayden Paddon

 John Kennard

Hyundai 84 pt
5

 Thierry Neuville

 Nicolas Gilsoul

Hyundai 76 pt
6

 Mads Ostberg

 Ola Floene

Ford 70 pt
7

 Dani Sordo

 Marc Marti

Hyundai 68 pt
8

 Ott Tanak

 Raigo Molder

Ford

52 pt
9

 Kris Meeke

 Paul Nagle

Citroen

51 pt
10

 Craig Breen

 Scott Martin

Citroen 25 pt
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Series WRC
Event Rally Finland
Drivers Kris Meeke
Teams Citroën World Rally Team
Author David Gruz