Meeke ends Tour de Corse campaign with Power Stage win


Kris Meeke ended his 2016 Tour de Corse – Rallye de France campaign in sixteenth for Citroën.

The Northern Irishman went off on SS6 after crashing into a tree after setting a blistering pace on SS5, leading by over 17 seconds of Volkswagen’s Andreas Mikkelsen.

Meeke rejoined on the final day of the rally under Rally2 regulations and set the quickest times on SS9 and the Power Stage to take the full three points in Corsica on the Power Stage.

Meeke said “For me, it was very important to get back to top form this morning. I had to get back the confidence in my pace notes, after the mistake we made in recce had led to yesterday’s incident.

“It’s a timely reminder that this part of the race is important. The rally doesn’t start on Friday, it starts on Monday, when we have to describe every corner during the two runs on each stage at low speed. It’s a good lesson for us and one we’ll take on board for the future.

“This morning, I was pleased with my time on SS9 and I’m also happy to have won the Power Stage, even though the points are rather meaningless as I’m not competing in the championship. I’m looking forward to coming back to the Tour de Corse, to try and fight for the win.”