Kris Meeke believes victory at Rally de Espana demonstrates Citroen’s World Rally Championship pedigree after a tough campaign in 2017.

The Northern Irish driver has endured a challenging season having scored top ten finishes in just three rounds so far this year but two of those have been victories as he added his Spanish event triumph to his Rally Mexico win.

Meeke charged up the classification order on the morning of day two before storming to five stage wins out of six on the final day to keep clear of M-Sport Ford duo Sebastien Ogier and Ott Tanak and win by nearly half a minute.

The win in Spain comes just four rounds after Meeke’s place at Citroen came under threat when he was dropped for Rally Poland due to a run of poor performances. Despite accepting a tough season for the French manufacturer he feels the success in Spain is evidence the team has the package to compete on a consistent basis for the future.

"This completes an exceptional weekend for me,” Meeke said. “Since our win at Rally Mexico, we've had some tough moments, but we've picked ourselves up each time by working hard.

“We always knew this car was terrific on asphalt and I think that we have demonstrated that.

“This wins shows the quality of the work done by the entire team and it gives us all a huge confidence boost for the rest of the season."

Despite M-Sport Ford’s relative domination since the introduction of the 2017 WRC regulation changes, each competing manufacturer has a minimum of two wins each from 11 rounds with Ford on four, Hyundai on three with Toyota and Citroen on two apiece.



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