Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle wrapped a stunning win on Rally Catalunya when Sebastien Ogier extended his World Rally Championship lead after Thierry Neuville retired unfortunately. Meeke struggled all season with his C3 WRC and a number of driver mistakes led him to being axed for Rally Poland.
But he came back and after being third overnight on Friday following the gravel stages, he grabbed the lead with a time of no less than 12 seconds lead after that most of the times. Meanwhile, Sebastien Ogier took second where he lacked the outright pace to challenge for the victory.
But most importantly he beat two of his closest championship rivals as Ott Tanak, took third and Thierry Neuville retiring on Sunday after hitting a rock while trying to claw back time he lost to a hydraulic problem.
Home driver Sordo returned to win the power stage but the three drivers finishing outside the points all but handed the manufacturers’ title to M-Sport. Ogier and Tanak made three and two points respectively for third and fourth places on powerstage behind Sordo and eventual winner Meeke.