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Kris Meeke wins in Spain, Sebastien Ogier closes in on title

Meeke wins in Spain, Ogier closes in on title
By Reuters

08/10/2017 at 16:20Updated 08/10/2017 at 18:37

Britain's Kris Meeke won the Rally of Spain-Catalunya for Citroen on Sunday while reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier moved closer to a fifth successive title with second place.

The victory was Meeke's second of the season, after Mexico, and he finished 28 seconds clear of the Frenchman's M-Sport Ford Fiesta.

Ogier's Estonian team mate Ott Tanak was third.

British Kris Meeke celebrates on the podium after winning the 53th Rally of Catalonia in Salou near Tarragona on October 8, 2017. Meeke bagged his second win of the season at the Rally of Catalonia as France's Sebastian Ogier took a big step towards a fif

British Kris Meeke celebrates on the podium after winning the 53th Rally of Catalonia in Salou near Tarragona on October 8, 2017. Meeke bagged his second win of the season at the Rally of Catalonia as France's Sebastian Ogier took a big step towards a fifGetty Images

With two rounds remaining, and Britain next up before the Australian finale, Ogier has 198 points to Tanak's 161 with Hyundai's Belgian Thierry Neuville on 160.

Neuville's title hopes suffered a big blow with retirement on the final morning of the Salou-based rally in north-eastern Spain.

Kris Meeke of Great Britain and Paul Nagle of Ireland compete in their Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen C3 WRC during Day Two of the WRC Spain on October 7, 2017 in Salou, Spain.

Kris Meeke of Great Britain and Paul Nagle of Ireland compete in their Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen C3 WRC during Day Two of the WRC Spain on October 7, 2017 in Salou, Spain.Getty Images

"Unfortunately, I turned a bit too tightly in a slow corner in SS16 (stage 16) and hit something that damaged the wheel, and caused the front suspension to break. That was it, game over," said the Belgian.

M-Sport also lead the manufacturers' title with 358 points to Hyundai's 275.

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