Kris Meeke was overcome with emotions after winning his first ever WRC event on Rally Argentina, although he was quick to dedicate the triumph to his former mentor, the late Colin McRae.

Meeke led from SS2 onwards, winning three of the four proper stages on Friday to build an early 60 second plus buffer in his DS 3 WRC.

He then controlled from the front, heading home team-mate Mads Ostberg by 18.1 seconds for a Citroen one-two - the team's first since 2012.

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"Everything was fine until we got the end of the last stage," said Meeke, who now becomes the first British driver to win a WRC event since McRae won the Safari in 2002. "Once we had crossed the line, I was overcome with emotions. It will take time for it to really sink in.

"I did not start the rally aiming to fight for the win here. I just wanted to have an error-free rally. The seven-week break really helped me.

"From the shakedown onwards, I felt full of confidence. It was a really difficult race but the DS 3 WRC is a solid and reliable car. All the other guys had problems and we secured a one-two finish. Mads had a fantastic rally as well.

"I have to thank [Citroen boss] Yves Matton, who believed in me. He gave me a great opportunity and he has been supportive throughout.

"This is just the first step in me thanking him for that support. I hope there will be others.

"This one though is for Colin."

Meeke also explained just why McRae was so important in helping to shape his career: "He helped me at the very beginning and he supported me financially and took me right into the world championship. Without his support I would not be here.

"There has been a lot of people through the way but definitely Colin was the one that has inspired my career."