Meeke wins Rally de Curitiba

Kris Meeke held on to his overnight lead to claim victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge's Rally de Curitiba today

Meeke wins Rally de Curitiba

The Briton won all seven stages on Friday and carried a 48-second lead into this morning's stages. He lost time to his pursuers early in the day while running first on the road, but consolidated his advantage this afternoon to claim the victory comfortably.

"It's been a fantastic event, probably the best rally I have ever done," Meeke said at the finish.

Giandomenico Basso, who was second overnight, won the first two stages of the day in his Abarth Grand Punto and almost halved Meeke's lead, but Meeke upped his pace in the afternoon to win SS11 and made sure of the win.

Basso then came under attack from Nicolas Vouilloz who won SS10 and took second place when he was second to Meeke on SS11.

Basso and Vouilloz were separated by just five seconds going into the last two stages, but Vouilloz was quicker on both - winning one and tying Meeke for the fastest time on the other - to complete a 1-2 finish for Peugeot.

Freddy Loix finished the rally in fourth place, albeit more than one and a half minutes adrift of Basso. Alejandro Cancio finished fifth as the first of the South American entrants.

Anton Alen, who lost seven minutes on the first day when he struck a rock and broke his left rear suspension, retired from the rally for good when he crashed on SS9.

His father, former world rally champion Markku, reported: "They are OK, but the car went off the road and I think there is some damage to the rear. It's a real shame as Anton had a lot of speed here."

Final results after SS13:
Pos Driver Car Time 1. Kris Meeke Peugeot 2:08:05.7 2. Nicolas Vouilloz Peugeot +26.2 3. Giandomenico Basso Abarth +47.9 4. Freddy Loix Peugeot +2:32.1 5. Alejandro Cancio Mitsubishi +5:20.0 6. Rafael Tulio Peugeot +19:04.0 
shares
comments
Meeke continues to dominate in Brazil
Previous article

Meeke continues to dominate in Brazil

Next article

Proton joins IRC with Satria Neo

Proton joins IRC with Satria Neo
Load comments
Ireland deserves a WRC round Plus

Ireland deserves a WRC round

Drivers are in accordance: Ireland should be in the World Rally Championship. DAVID EVANS followed the Circuit of Ireland and was left with no doubt that the drivers are right

ERC
Apr 23, 2014
Kubica's rally to recovery Plus

Kubica's rally to recovery

Robert Kubica's rally speed is obviously there - in abundance - but he's got to stop crashing. Charles Bradley went to the Azores to get the lowdown on the ex-F1 star's comeback trail

ERC
May 3, 2013
Why Kubica can win on ERC debut Plus

Why Kubica can win on ERC debut

Former GP winner Robert Kubica makes his international comeback this week in the Canaries Rally. And David Evans reckons he'll win aboard a Citroen DS3 RRC

ERC
Mar 21, 2013
Rallying's new era keeps the best of the old Plus

Rallying's new era keeps the best of the old

As the IRC to ERC transformation takes effect in Austria, David Evans is excited that the IRC's promotional strengths will carry over - but still wishes the WRC could get some of that magic

ERC
Jan 3, 2013
Farewell IRC, long live ERC Plus

Farewell IRC, long live ERC

As the Intercontinental Rally Challenge prepares for its swansong in Cyprus, David Evans recalls the shortlived series' heyday - and looks ahead to its European successor

ERC
Nov 1, 2012
The 2011 IRC season review Plus

The 2011 IRC season review

The fifth Intercontinental Rally Challenge was the best yet, and it was Skoda UK driver Andreas Mikkelsen who emerged as champion from a tense five-way shootout at the season finale. Matt Beer reviews the season

ERC
Nov 22, 2011
Who to watch in the Monte Carlo Rally Plus

Who to watch in the Monte Carlo Rally

This year is the Monte Carlo Rally's centenary and, just as in recent years, there's no shortage of World Rally Championship stars turning up to give the IRC regulars a run for their money

ERC
Jan 18, 2011
The top 10 IRC drivers of 2010 Plus

The top 10 IRC drivers of 2010

The competition didn't run as deep as it might have, but there was plenty of fight at the front with six of our top 10 winning rallies during the season. Matt Beer puts them in order

ERC
Nov 29, 2010