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Meeke dropped after latest crash

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Meeke dropped after latest crash thumbnailKris in action prior to his crash.

DUNGANNON'S Kris Meeke has been dealt a severe blow after being dropped by Citroen for the next round of the World Rally Championship in Poland from 29 June to 2 July.

The 37-year-old has scored points in just two of the seven rallies this year, including a win in Mexico.

He has failed to finish all but one of his rallies in 2017 and suffered his latest retirement in Italy at the weekend.

He will be replaced by former Volkswagen driver Andreas Mikkelsen, who won last year's Rally Poland.

Mikkelsen had been left without a drive after Volkswagen pulled out of WRC last year.

He has previously filled in for Meeke's team mate Stephane Lefebvre.

"After a series of disappointing results, we have asked Kris Meeke to take a step back," said Citroen Team Principal Yves Matton.

"Kris accepted this would be in the best interests of the team. This break will give him a chance to recharge his batteries and release some of the pressure before Rally Finland."

Meeke, along with co-driver Paul Nagle, will return to pilot the C3 for the following event in Finland, a rally which the duo dominated in 2016.

Aside from his dramatic win in Mexico and an engine failure while leading in Corsica, Meeke has crashed out in every other event this year.

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