Ma­ho­nen de­fends Meeke af­ter Capito Fin­land out­burst

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FIA rally di­rec­tor Jarmo Ma­ho­nen has spo­ken out in de­fence of Britain’s Kris Meeke, fol­low­ing crit­i­cism of his dom­i­nant Rally Fin­land vic­tory in July.

Then Volk­swa­gen team prin­ci­pal Jost Capito said Meeke’s path to vic­tory had been paved by his po­si­tion fur­ther down the run­ning or­der. Ma­ho­nen took is­sue with those com­ments.

“I’m a bit sorry for Kris,” he said. “We all could see in Fin­land, I re­ally lift my hat to him. When he came to the fin­ish in Oun­in­po­hja, he was fly­ing and you could hear Jari-matti’s [Lat­vala] back­bone break­ing.

“I don’t care if Kris had 900 horse­power, what­ever the start po­si­tion – he showed on that rally what kind of driver he is, with all re­spect. Ev­ery­body who un­der­stands this sport knows what it takes to win in Fin­land; I saw the adrenalin rush when he was try­ing to put the hel­met away – it was like watch­ing Markku Alen again!”

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