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'Stupid' mistake costs Meeke

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

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DUNGANNON'S Kris Meeke expressed his frustration after a "stupid mistake" cost him a 30 seconds on the final day of Rally Mexico.
Meeke had closed to within three seconds of eventual winner Sebastien Ogier with three stages left but rolled his Citreon and required the help of spectators to get him back on four wheels.
The incident cost him 30 seconds, as he lost second spot to Dani Sordo.
“I've never been as frustrated with a third place," said the 38-year-old.
“I feel a bit stupid. I had everything to win the rally and I didn't do the job."
Ford's Ogier finished one minute and 13 seconds ahead of Hyundai's Sordo with Meeke, who has earned five World Rally Championship (WRC) wins in his Career, a further 15.6 seconds in arrears as he earned his first podium of the season.
Meeke won dramatically in Mexico last year, sliding into a car park late on the final stage before weaving his way round the parked cars to find an escape route and finish 13.8 seconds of Ogier.
Running fourth after day two, the Dungannon driver moved into third spot on Sunday when Ott Tanak and Sebastien Loeb hit problems.
However, Meeke rolled his car near the end of Sunday's first stage after sliding wide into a cobbled section.
Stuck on his side, Meeke's C3 lost half of its rear spoiler, but his podium spot moved him up to fourth in the championship, 28 points behind leader Ogier.
The Dungannon man will fancy his chances at the next round in Corsica after leading the French event last year before suffering engine failure.
Returning nine-time world champion Loeb, who is replacing Irishman Craig Breen in the second Citroen for three rallies this year, was on track for a fairytale return to the WRC before his puncture, but has still impressed after three years out.

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