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NI’s Meeke still out in front at WRC’s Rally Finland

Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke is on course to secure his second World Rally Championship round after extending his lead at the end of day three at Rally Finland.

Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke is on course to secure his second World Rally Championship round after extending his lead at the end of day three at Rally Finland.

The 37-year-old Dungannon man headed into Saturday with an 18.1 second advantage over Jari-Matti Latvala, but the Finnish driver struggled to keep up with the dominant Citroen DS3.

Meeke won four of the seven stages on Saturday, including the opening Ouninpohja – regarded as the sport's biggest test - and a second on its ‘little brother’ Paijala at stage 14.

The Citroen driver was within one second of the leader of any stage he did not win, putting him in a great position to win on his first race back since victory at the Rally of Portugal in May.

Meeke finished with a time of two hours and 22 seconds - 41 seconds ahead of Latvala - while Irishman Craig Breen was a further one minute and two seconds behind the Finn.

Now we really have to do a job. We have to manage our position and that's the difficult part.

We did it when we won in Portugal earlier this year, and in Argentina last year, and we'll use that experience on this one.

– Kris Meeke