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Meeke keeps his cool to secure podium spot

By Sammy Hamill

Heaving a sigh of relief as he brought his Abu Dhabi Citroen DS3 to the finish line of Rally Argentina in third place, Kris Meeke said: "This one's for the team."

The Dungannon driver added: "I owed them big time for keeping faith with me after Portugal [where he feared his career might be over after crashing] ... yes this one is for them," as he held off the charging Andreas Mikkelsen to secure his second World championship podium of the season.

Volkswagen took a one-two finish with Jari-Matti Latvala winning a fierce duel with World champion Sebastien Loeb, but for Meeke it was all about putting the horrors of Portugal behind him and showing he could cut out the errors and score points for the Citroen team.

"I'm not known for trying to drive slowly but I did it here and, I can tell you, it was bloody hard! I ignored the two guys at the front and concentrated on protecting my third place," said Meeke who, with co-driver Paul Nagle, had taken third place in Monte Carlo earlier in the year.

"I had a big advantage over Mikkelsen after Friday and I was prepared to go as slowly as possible and use every second of it just to stay ahead of him. I did it and couldn't be happier."

The Norwegian, who followed Meeke as Intercontinental Challenge champion in 2011 and '12, finished 24 seconds behind in fourth with Hyundai's Thierry Neuville fifth and Robert Kubica sixth for Ford.

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