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Kris Meeke storms to victory in Rally of Portugal

Kris Meeke held on to his overnight lead to secure victory in Portugal
Kris Meeke held on to his overnight lead to secure victory in Portugal

Tyrone man Kris Meeke earned the second World Rally Championship win of his career by taking victory in the Rally of Portugal.

Meeke finished the event 29.7 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen.

The Citroen driver held a 45.3 seconds lead overnight after 15 stages and he completed the final four stages of the rally in impressive style to secure the victory on Sunday.

Meeke will only race in six to eight rounds of this year's championship as he helps develop a new car before returning to a full season schedule next year.

The next round of the championship will take place in Italy in June.