Rallying: Meeke claims first World Rally victory

Kris Meeke won Rally Argentina on Sunday
Kris Meeke won Rally Argentina on Sunday

Dungannon driver Kris Meeke has won Rally Argentina, becoming the first ever Northern Irish driver to win a round of the World Rally Championship.

Meeke and his co-driver, Kerry’s Paul Nagle, closed out victory on the final day to put a run of lacklustre form behind him having finished 10th in Rally Monte Carlo in January and seventh in Sweden before a non-finish in Mexico.

Kris Meeke in action in Argentina

Kris Meeke in action in Argentina

The local driver had 18.1 seconds to spare over his team mate Mads Ostberg who took second place, completing what was a dream weekend for his Citreon team.

An emotional Meeke fought back tears as he paid tribute to his early mentor, the 1995 World champion Colin McRae: “What can I say? It’s been an exceptionally long road. This one’s for Colin.”

Many were beginning to cast doubt that Meeke would add a World Rally Championship round win to his trophy list but his performance over the weekend should silence his critics.