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Meeke tops Wales Rally GB's Dayinsure Oulton Park Stage

Thursday, October 03 2019

Kris Meeke topped the World Rally Championship timings on the first night of Wales Rally GB after lighting up the Dayinsure Oulton Park Stage in his Toyota Gazoo Racing Yaris. 

The Northern Irish ace surged around the bespoke rally stage at the picturesuqe Cheshire racing circuit in 2m47.4s to lead Hyundai's Thierry Neuville by just over two seconds. Meeke mastered slippery conditions in the dark as droplets of rain fell on an entertainng evening stage which featured a water splash and doughnut before finishing in front of the fans on the venue infield. 

For much of the session it appeared that Petter Solberg would cause something of a stir in his farwell WRC event. Norway's 2003 World Champion is contesting this year's Wales Rally GB in a WRC2 class Volkswagen, and he managed to set the third fastest time despite not posessing the latest specification machinery. Indeed, Solberg was ultimately able to hang on to a top-three spot as only Meeke and Neuville managed to beat his time.

Sebastien Ogier's pursuit of a seventh straight crown continued in solid, if unspectacular fashion as he set the fourth fasterst time, and he'll head into the remainder of this year's rally with an edge over main title rival Ott Tanak who lost a small amount of time with a moment mid-stage whilst turning from the circuit onto an access road. 

Dayinsure Oulton Park Stage Result
1, K Meeke/S Marshall, Toyota Gazoo Racing, Toyota, 2.47.4s
2, T Neuville/N Gilsoul, Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team, Hyundai, +2.1s
3, P Solberg/P Mills, Petter Solberg, Volkswagen, +3.3s
4, S Ogier/J Ingrassia, Citroen Total WRT, +3.8s
5, A Mikkelsen/A Jaeger, Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team, Hyundai, +4.1s

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