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Meeke crashes in Germany

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Meeke crashes in Germany thumbnail Dungannon's Kris Meeke crashed out in Germany. Photo Fergal Kelly

KRIS Meeke has suffered another crash in this year's World Rally Championship after a first stage mishap in Germany.

The Dungannon driver clipped the inside of the barrier on the first super special stage which resulted in him breaking his right front suspension.

He has previously cashed in Monte Carlo, Sweden, Argentina, Portugal and Italy this season.

Those crashes, all from top-five positions, resulted in the 38-year-old being dropped for Rally Poland earlier this summer.

He returned to the cockpit of his Citroen for Rally Finland, where he trundled home in a low-key eight place.

However this latest crash will put more pressure on Meeke from his team, who had nine-time WRC champions Sebastien Loeb testing the C3 before the rally in a bid to improve the car's handling problems.

Meeke did win Rally Mexico during the Spring but only after a dramatic finish as he somehow recovered from coming on off the road in the closing kilometre.

Ott Tanak set the fastest time around the Saarbrucken stage on Thursday with team-mate Sebastien Ogier going third fastest as Citreon's Irish driver, Craig Breen split the M-sport duo to lie second.

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