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Meeke dominates the first day of the Corsica rally

Meeke dominates the first day of the Corsica rally

Britain’s Kris Meeke (Citroën) finished in the lead after the first day of the Corsica rally, fourth round of the World Championship (WRC), ahead of Frenchman Sebastien Ogier (M-Sport / Ford) and Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), second and third of the day.
Ogier is almost 10 seconds behind Meeke, while Neuville is almost 26 seconds behind, so the battle remains open heading into Saturday.
It was not a bad day. We have improved the car. It’s not optimal yet, but we have ideas for it, ”Ogier said calmly.
Four-time world champion and winner last year in Corsica, Ogier, set the fastest time on the third stage. Later, Meeke, winner of the last rally in Mexico, managed to win his third stage of four on the first day.
Meeke continues to show signs of authority after his Mexican success and started out on the fast track, taking the first two stages on Friday at Ajaccio. At the middle of the day, he had just under 9 seconds ahead of Ogier and a 17-second margin over Neuville.
In the afternoon he was able to widen the margin above all with respect to the Belgian, who faces this rally with the spirit of revenge.
– Tänak, out of the fight –

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Neuville was third in Mexico, but above all he was the negative protagonist in the first two rallies of this year, in Monte Carlo and Sweden, where he had to leave when he was leading on the eve of the last day.
At the moment, Neuville is in the fight in the top three.
Much worse was on Friday for Estonian Ott Tänak, Ogier’s teammate, who went off track when he was fourth overall.
The fourth is now the Irish Craig Breen (Citroën), 52 seconds behind the leader of the race.
The fifth place is for the Spanish Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20), 54 seconds behind the first position, while the Finn Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota Yaris) is sixth, but already one minute behind Meeke, which seems to leave him far behind. of the struggle for victory.
On Saturday, the Corsica rally will have its longest day, with a total of 131.96 timed kilometers. The final arrival is scheduled for Sunday.
Meeke will try to repeat the victory to definitively leave behind the disappointments of his Citroën in Monte Carlo and Sweden. In the general classification, he reaches Corsica sixth with 27 points, 39 points behind the leader Ogier (66), so he needs to start adding to cut that delay as soon as possible.

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