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Meeke dominates opening stages

Kris Meeke, Peugeot, Scotland 2009Kris Meeke will lead into the first fully-fledged stages of the Rally Scotland tomorrow morning after a commanding performance on the opening Scone Palace superspecials.

The Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion was comfortably faster than his rivals on both runs through the damp 1.5 kilometre stage around the palace grounds, and his Peugeot UK 207 is already four seconds clear of closest challenger Guy Wilks' Skoda.

Adam Gould is third in the second Peugeot, albeit 11s down on Meeke, and just 0.7s ahead of Alister McRae's Proton. Mitsubishi driver Alastair Fisher is tied for fourth with McRae in the leading Group N car.

The rally commences in earnest shortly before 9am on Friday morning with the Craigvinean stage. Extremely wet weather has been forecast for leg one.

Pos  Driver              Car         Time/Gap
 1.  Kris Meeke          Peugeot     2m18.4s
 2.  Guy Wilks           Skoda       + 4.0s
 3.  Adam Gould          Peugeot     + 11.7s
 4.  Alister McRae       Proton      + 12.4s
 =   Alastair Fisher     Mitsubishi  + 12.4s
 6.  Daniel Siguroarson  Mitsubishi  + 12.7s
 7.  Jonathan Greer      Mitsubishi  + 13.6s
 8.  Keith Cronin        Abarth      + 15.9s
 9.  Martin Kangur       Honda       + 17.1s
10.  Dave Weston Jr      Subaru      + 17.5s
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