Meeke’s week­end a “dis­as­ter” in C3

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Kris Meeke la­belled his Rally Monte Carlo a “dis­as­ter” af­ter crash­ing out on Fri­day be­fore col­lid­ing with a road car on Satur­day’s road sec­tion back to Gap.

Meeke’s rally started well, with Citroen’s team leader run­ning in an early sec­ond place. Un­for­tu­nately for the Dun­gan­non driver, he ran wide on the sec­ond stage on Fri­day, dam­aged the right-rear sus­pen­sion on the C3 and was forced to re­tire be­fore the road sec­tion in­ci­dent ended any hopes of scor­ing pow­er­stage points and put him out.

“That was a dis­as­trous end to a bad week­end,” said Meeke. “This thing just didn’t come to­gether for us. I told you be­fore that we can test, test and test again, but it’s on the rally that you re­ally learn and we’ve learned a hell of a lot here. The big­gest dis­ap­point­ment is that we go away from here not hav­ing scored any points. This wasn’t the rally we wanted to start the year.”

De­spite his re­tire­ment, Meeke re­fused to be down­beat about the year ahead.

“I’m still very, very ex­cited about what we’ve got com­ing,” said Meeke. “We did a cou­ple of as­phalt tests – both in the dry – for this event, but we’ve plenty on gravel and snow. For Swe­den, we’ll be there. This thing’s def­i­nitely not go­ing to rat­tle me.”

Meeke was quick to praise Breen’s drive in the older car, say­ing: “That was an in­cred­i­ble job from Craig. He’s had an ab­so­lutely bril­liant Monte Carlo and he re­ally did the busi­ness.”

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