Rain and mud can’t stop Kris Meeke’s dominance at Fafe Rally

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Despite a diverse weather conditions characterized by rain, mud, and even a hint of snow, Kris Meeke fully lived up to the expectations as the number one favorite for victory at the Fafe Rally.

The British driver, behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 rally2 for Team Hyundai Portugal and navigated by Irishman James Foltun, utterly dominated the entire race from start to finish, leaving crumbs for his competitors.

From the very first special stage, Meeke displayed a pace impossible to match for the rest of the field, stamping his authority on nine out of the eleven scheduled specials. This allowed him to clinch a clear and undisputed victory.

In second place was Armindo Araujo, alongside navigator Luis Ramalho, driving the Skoda Fabia RS rally2 for The Racing Factory team. Despite a cautious start, Araujo gradually increased his pace, securing valuable points for the Championship.

The podium was completed by Marquito Bulacia and Spanish navigator Sergio Vallejo. Bulacia, at the helm of the Citroen C3 rally2, familiarized himself with the car he will use in the WRC2 starting from the rounds in Portugal and Sardinia.

The top 5 was rounded out by Rúben Rodriguez and Antonio Costa in the Skoda Fabia RS rally2 for the ARC Sport team, winners of the Azores Championship 2023, and the experienced José Pedro Fontes in the Citroen C3 rally2, navigated by Ines Ponte.

In the 2WD category, victory was claimed by Gonçalo Henriquez driving the Renault Clio rally4, while in the first round of the TGR Iberian Cup Trophy, success went to Spanish driver Pep Bassas.