May 22, 2016 – Citroen’s Kris Meeke returned to the World Rally Championship in style as he secured victory on the Rally of Portugal.

Meeke took his second WRC win by a margin of 29.7 seconds and led the way from Friday morning’s second stage to the finish. His victory was the first for a Briton in Portugal since Richard Burns achieved the same feat in 2000.

The Northern Irishman took advantage of the running order on Friday, and the benefit of others road sweeping for him, before driving more conservatively on Sunday’s stages to secure his result ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen.

Mikkelsen overcame current world champion Sebastien Ogier, who has now gone three rallies without a win, for second despite the Frenchman having been Meeke’s main rival for most of the weekend.

Sordo was unable to show the same level of pace, and fell away from the battle to take fourth behind Ogier at rally’s end.

Eric Camilli was an impressive fifth, with Rally Portugal’s attrition aiding his charge as well as strong pace.

Source: autosport.com

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Kris Meeke Abu Dhabi Total WRT Citroen 3h59m01.0s
2 Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Volkswagen 29.7s
3 Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen 34.5s
4 Dani Sordo Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai 1m37.1s
5 Eric Camilli M-Sport World Rally Team Ford 4m01.6s
6 Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen 4m06.9s
7 Mads Ostberg M-Sport World Rally Team Ford 6m53.6s
8 Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford 10m24.1s
9 Pontus Tidemand Skoda Motorsport Skoda 11m45.2s
10 Nicolas Fuchs Skoda 13m14.0s

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