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Meeke crashes out on Day 2 at 2016 Tour de Corse

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Kris Meeke retires on Day 2 at the 2016 Tour de Corse – Rallye de France after crashing at SS6.

The Northern Irishman set a blistering pace on the day’s opening stage, leading by over 17 seconds of Volkswagen’s Andreas Mikkelsen.

However, the Citroën driver ended up crashing his DS 3 WRC into a tree after an ill-judged pacenote meant that Meeke, who was eighth at one point would have to retire from the rally after breaking his front right half-axle.

Meeke will rejoin tomorrow under Rally2 rules, but is focusing on gaining experience for next year’s Tour de Corse.

Meeke said “I had good pace on today’s first stage and set a very good time at the end. On the next test, I listened to the pace notes as we took the first proper corner… but they weren’t correct.

“During recce, I hadn’t noticed just how much the corner tightened. We hit a tree and that put an end to our day. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.

“On the ‘Rally of 10,000 Corners’, you need 10,000 correct pace notes and we didn’t have them on this occasion! In any event, I’m pleased to have had a good rhythm at this rally and I can’t wait to come back to Corsica next year. In the meantime, we’ll contest the last two stages tomorrow to get the experience.”

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