Finland WRC: Meeke concludes Saturday with 41-second lead

Kris Meeke continued to lead Rally Finland with a gap of 41 seconds over local driver Jari-Matti Latvala after the Saturday afternoon loop.

Finland WRC: Meeke concludes Saturday with 41-second lead
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

After winning both SS17 and SS18, Meeke only lost a second to Latvala in the next two stages, both won by Sebastien Ogier.

The leading duo is followed by Craig Breen more than a minute adrift.

The Irishman, who got third after his time was corrected because he was forced to stop due to the crashing Eric Camilli in the morning, is 11.5s ahead of Ott Tanak.

The DMACK driver is narrowly ahead of Hyundai duo Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon with Mads Ostberg also not far off.

Andreas Mikkelsen has lost some ground but is only half a second behind Tanak in eighth.

Ogier has recovered from 46th into the top 30 during the afternoon loop but continues to be more than 14 minutes away from the top 10.

Standings after SS16

Pos.DriverTeamGap
 1

 Kris Meeke

 Paul Nagle

Citroen 2h22.00.8s
2

 Jari-Matti Latvala

 Miikka Anttila

Volkswagen +41.0s
 3

 Craig Breen

 Martin Scott

Citroen 

+1m43.0s
4

 Ott Tanak

 Raigo Molder

Ford

 

+1m54.5s
5

 Thierry Neuville

 Nicolas Gilsoul

Hyundai  +2m00.9s
6

 Hayden Paddon

 John Kennard

Hyundai +2m03.6s
7

 Mads Ostberg

 Ola Floene

Ford +2m06.0s
8

 Andreas Mikkelsen

 Anders Jaeger

Volkswagen +2m24.0s
9

 Esapekka Lappi

 Janne Ferm

Skoda +4m23.6s
10

 Teemu Suninen

 Mikko Markkula

Skoda +5m10.5s
 
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