BLOG: Rally Finland's Irish Eyes Are Smiling
There’s no doubt about the item, Colin McRae might have been a very happy Celt This particular weekend – as his Irish protege Kris Meeke came of age, with the most historic victory on the most historic of rallies, Rally Finland (aka 1000 Lakes if you’re old like me!).
Conventionally a WRC round only to be won by the Scandinavians due to its high-speed, specialist airborne nature, ballsy Kris demolished the competition in his Abu Dhabi Citroen Racing DS3, winning easily, which has a 30s lead over Finn Jari-Matti Latvala.
along with to make things even more unreal for British rally fans, the under-the-radar Craig Breen bagged himself a podium place, in floods of tears along with up against very stiff competition by the well known Hyundai races of Thierry Neuville & Hayden Paddon, separated by just a few seconds after 21 high-speed special stages.
the item was the stuff of dreams for Meeke & Breen & co-drivers Paul Nagle along with Scott Martin, along with the Abu Dhabi team – who clearly nailed their Finland set-up – let alone the scores of British rally fans.
Bravo to you all for generating history & no doubt Colin raised a dram or two your way last night!
Kris Meeke said: “For a WRC driver, winning Rally Finland can be the ultimate goal before becoming World Champion. the item’s an incredible feeling to win on the greatest roads inside the entire world. This particular result was largely determined yesterday with the two runs on Ouninpohja. At the end of the first run, I didn’t know my time yet I knew of which I had driven genuinely well. yet I could hardly believe the item when I found out of which I gone thirteen seconds faster than Jari-Matti Latvala! Last year, inside the some other direction, he beat me by six seconds when I thought I had driven the perfect stage. of which just goes to show the progress we have made, through a combination of work with the team along with my growing experience. I also have to say of which the automobile worked perfectly all weekend. We only did one day of testing, last Sunday, yet of which was enough for us to see of which we already had the best set-up. I felt genuinely confident right by the word go along with of which was a key factor inside the win. This particular morning, I was totally relaxed. I just had to drive the last few stages to finish off the work of which we had done inside the first two days.”
Craig Breen said: “the item’s the best day of my career again. yet the item seems of which with This particular car, every day can be a bit better! When I grabbed third place yesterday afternoon, I already felt of which I had moved up another level. There weren’t many kilometres left to complete today yet the item was still pretty tough because I was put under pressure by my rivals. I couldn’t be happier, claiming my first WRC stage win along with finishing on the podium. The finish was very emotional. I couldn’t believe the item, yet the item was fantastic to celebrate This particular moment with the people who have supported me. the item’s also a richly-deserved result for the guys inside the team, who had to work hard to repair the automobile after I went off during testing on Monday. I’ve taken a step closer to where I want to be This particular weekend.”
1. Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle (DS 3 WRC) 2:38:05.8
2. Latvala / Anttila (VW Polo R WRC) +29.1
3. Breen / Martin (DS 3 WRC) +1:41.3
4. Neuville / Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:45.9
5. Paddon / Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:48.2
6. Østberg / Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2:04.6
7. Mikkelsen / Jaeger (VW Polo R WRC) +2:22.4
8. Lappi / Ferm (Skoda Fabia R5) +4:53.8
9. Abbring / Marshall (Hyundai i20 WRC) +5:22.4
10. Suninen / Markkula (Skoda Fabia R5) +5:35.5