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Peugeot UK's Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle are on top of the world after winning the Sanremo Rally to clinch the Drivers' Championship in the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Peugeot has already retained its Manufacturers' title. Starting the final day in fourth place, the pair demolished the field in the opening two stages, and despite a minor brake scare on Stage 7, came home to win in great style.
It was the opening stage of the day - SS5 - where they did the initial damage, setting a time a clear ten seconds ahead of the next best driver, Italy's Renato Travalglia. Luca Rossetti took the lead as overnight leader Paulo Andreucci faded. Kris meanwhile was now up to third.
The Meeke/Nagle onslaught continued on Stage 6. Kris again set the fastest time, and from fourth overnight, now led the rally by 11.4 seconds from Luca Rossetti. It had been a magnificent morning's work.
But rally is a strange sport: just as you think everything is going well, it comes and bites you savagely. Kris bled the brakes on the Peugeot 207 S2000 before the ultra-short Stage 7 but made an error. The result - no brakes for the stage. He lost time to Luca Rossetti, and allowed the rest of the field to close the gap. Kris's lead over Rossetti was now down to 3.1 seconds.




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