Britain's Kris Meeke has said it was 'completely' his fault he crashed out of Rallye de France on Saturday and that he was just going too fast.
Meeke had been enjoying a good run in his MINI John Cooper Works WRC Car and was fifth, just 0.5 seconds behind Ford Abu Dhabi's Jari-Matti Latvala following the morning loop. However on the repeat loop in the afternoon it all went wrong in the very first stage, SS13, when he went off the road in a right-hander and ended up 30 feet down a bank.
While Meeke and co-driver Paul Nagle both escaped unharmed, their MINI was badly damaged after hitting a tree stump on the co-driver's side.
“This afternoon I just got caught out in one corner,” Meeke conceded. “I was a little bit faster than before. I had made a small adjustment to the pace note, tried to go a little bit faster in the corner, and that was too fast, so we simply understeered off the road.
“It was unfortunate, as I was not going out to try any harder. I was just going out to try and improve on this morning and build up my knowledge, but I got caught out. Yes just too fast, as simple as that. I was just a bit ambitious, and it was completely my mistake. I have to take it on the chin.
“I am probably my own worst enemy some times, as I want to be here competing with these guys. It is hard to just settle and learn, and I have to do that sometimes, but it ended up a bit soon for me this weekend. We have to pick ourselves up.
“Spain is going to be another learning event, as well as Rally GB, so we are going to have to settle ourselves for a few events and just get the experience before we can run with the guys at the front.”