Monte Carlo WRC: Meeke leads after opening stages of 2016

Kris Meeke ended the first two stages of Rally Monte Carlo in overall first place, stealing the lead from Sebastien Ogier by topping the second run.

Citroen's Meeke looked set to go fastest in the opening stage only to spin at a hairpin and lose around seven seconds, gifting Volkswagen's Ogier the top spot.

He then outpaced the Frenchman by 11 seconds in SS2 to head the field as the first day of WRC competition in 2016 concluded.

Ogier ended up second, leading fellow VW teammate Andres Mikkelsen, who was exactly 20 seconds slower than Meeke.

The top five was completed by Hyundai duo Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon, the latter still driving the old-spec i20 and narrowly beating M-Sport’s Mads Ostberg by 0.4s.

Despite running level with his Volkswagen teammates early on, Jari-Matti Latvala had to settle for seventh after hitting a rock in the second stage, which cost around 20 seconds.

The top 10 was completed by former F1 driver Robert Kubica, Meeke’s teammate Stephane Lefebvre and the third Hyundai driver Dani Sordo.

Standings after SS2:

Pos. Driver / Co-Driver Car Time/Delay
1

Kris Meeke

Paul Nagle

Citroen 25m32.0s
2

Sebastien Ogier

Julien Ingrassia

VW 6.9s
3

Andreas Mikkelsen

Anders Jaeger

VW 20.0s
4

Thierry Neuville

Nicolas Gilsoul
Hyundai 31.4s
5

Hayden Paddon

John Kennard

Hyundai 34.9s
6

Mads Ostberg

Ola Floene

Ford 35.3s
7

 Jari-Matti Latvala

 Miikka Anttila

VW 38.7s
8

Robert Kubica

Maciek Szczepaniak

Ford 45.8s
9

Stephane Lefebvre

 Gabin Moreau

Citroen 48.6s
10

 Dani Sordo

 Marc Marti

Hyundai 51.8s

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Series WRC
Event Rally Monte Carlo
Drivers Kris Meeke , Sébastien Ogier
Article type Leg report