Kil­lar­ney’s Paul Na­gle col­lects Span­ish vic­tory

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

The Kerry/Ty­rone part­ner­ship of Kris Meeke and his Kil­lar­ney co-driver Paul Na­gle have won the ‘Rally Spain’ in the lat­est round of the world cham­pi­onships held in Catalunya last week­end. Paul Na­gle is renowned as a key nav­i­ga­tor in the rally cir­cuit help­ing to guide Meeke to vic­tory on sev­eral oc­ca­sions in the past. But this lat­est win was is their sec­ond of the sea­son, adding to the vic­tory in Mex­ico last March.

The pair were third at the end of Fri­day’s ac­tion, which was held on the gravel stages, but they soon took con­trol set­ting an epic time dur­ing the first stage on the as­phalt sur­face on Saturday, push­ing them into a lead of 12 sec­onds. They won ev­ery stage on Sun­day, apart from the last, to seal a sweet vic­tory. By the fin­ish the ‘Team Citroen’ drivers had ex­tended the over­all mar­gin of vic­tory to 28-sec­onds over Se­bas­tian Ogier.

Paul has part­nered Dun­gan­non’s Kris Meeke since 2009 and the pair have en­joyed many suc­cess­ful days on the word stage prior to Sun­day’s Span­ish win which ended a frus­trat­ing run since the Mex­ico win.

Paul made his pro­fes­sional rally de­but in 1997 and his big break came in 2001 when he be­came the Peu­geot Su­per Cup cham­pion co-driver gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of com­pet­ing at venues around the world.

On Sun­day night Kris Meeke took to Twit­ter to say: “It’s not about how many times you get knocked down, it’s more about how many times you get back up,” which is a mea­sure of just how much the win means to both drivers.

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