One-Two Finish for the DS 3 WRCS in Argentina
The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team has claimed a one-two finish in Carlos Paz, marking Citroën Racing’s tenth win at Rally Argentina.
It was the team’s 29th one-two finish in the World Rally Championship and the first such result achieved by the current driver line-up, Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle and Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson. Leaders from the second stage until the end, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle are celebrating their maiden WRC win, whilst Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson now hold second place in the World Championship standings.
Citroën Racing really does love Rally Argentina. The French team has now won ten of its last eleven appearances in Carlos Paz. This victory, built from the outset by Kris Meeke, has been the perfect way to launch the DS brand in South America.
Having already set the joint fastest time in Wednesday’s shakedown, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle only missed out on winning the first stage by 0.2 seconds. Grabbing the lead after the treacherous SS2, the DS 3 WRC crew controlled the pace perfectly from the front on what is an incredibly difficult event.
Kris Meeke maintained his lead to the end to take his first ever win in the World Championship. In doing so, he claimed the first win by a British driver since Colin McRae prevailed at the 2002 Safari Rally. Kris becomes the 74th driver to win a World Championship rally and the fourth most successful Briton, after the late Colin McRae (25 wins), Richard Burns (10) and Roger Clarke (1). Paul Nagle is only the second Irish co-driver to win a WRC round after Ronan McNamee in 1989. For Citroën Racing, this is their 94th WRC win and their 29th one-two finish, both of which are new records.
As in Mexico, Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson collected a large haul of points as runners-up. After four rounds of the 2015 season, they now lie second in the World Championship standings, having also secured a bonus point in the Power Stage.
Thanks to the maximum points scored in this one-two finish, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team now holds second place in the Manufacturers’ standings.
Next up is Rally de Portugal on 21-24 May. The base for this season’s event moves to Matosinhos, to the north of Porto, but will still be held on gravel surfaces.
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