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Citroen boss miffed after Meeke off

14 September 2013

Citroen team principal Yves Matton was frustrated after Kris Meeke crashed out of Rally Australia on Saturday.

Meeke had been drafted in at the expense of Dani Sordo after impressing on Rally Finland back in August.

The Brit started well, topping the times in qualifying and was running fourth overall until SS13 today, when he made a mistake and rolled his DS3 WRC car.

He was unable to continue and the result now means Citroen is almost certain to lose ground again to Volkswagen in the Manufacturers', whereas after the French team's 1-3 result in Germany, the gap was more than halved, from 55 points to 26.

“I will say it will not help, for sure, but the first thing is to speak with him to know what happened,” Matton replied, when asked by the official WRC site what it means for Meeke's chances of a place in the team in 2014.

“But for sure it was not what I ask him to do.”

“He started with good pace and he was seeming not to take too much risk, but I need to speak to him to see what happened,” Matton added.

“With this situation it [our chances in the Manufacturers'] seems to be difficult [now],” Matton continued. “After Germany we were back at 26 points [behind Volkswagen] but here we will score with only one car, and if it finishes like this Volkswagen will score with two, so it will be difficult...”

Meeke himself meanwhile was bitterly disappointed by the off, although he held his hands up and admitted it was because he made a mistake.


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