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NI’s Kris Meeke sets record with WRC Rally Finland win

Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke has become the first British winner of Rally Finland as the Citroen driver set a new average speed record for the event.

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Meeke's 29.1 seconds victory over Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala ended the latter's chances of a third consecutive success on home ground and established a new speed record.

The 37-year-old Dungannon man’s average speed of 126.60kph bettered Latvala's record set on the event a year ago by 1.2kph.

Meeke led almost the whole of the four-day race over the gravel roads in Finland in his Citroen DS 3.

His Abu Dhabi Total team-mate Irishman Craig Breen also had a maiden podium finish in third, claiming his first stage win on Sunday morning to finish one minute 41.3secs adrift of the winner.

Meeke has now climbed to ninth in the World Rally Championship standings and lies 92 points behind leader Sebastien Ogier.

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