Citroen guest driver Kris Meeke suffered more disappointment on Rally Australia on Sunday when he was forced to retire for the second time.
After rolling his Citroen DS3 WRC car on Saturday
, while running in fourth place overall, the Northern Irishman re-joined under the Rally 2 regulations today and he was determined to get to the finish and give Citroen a few consolation Manufacturers' points.
However, disaster struck again when he broke his rear suspension in the event ending Power Stage, completing the test with only three wheels left on his car, meaning he was unable to get back to service.
the final loop and before Shipmans 2, Meeke had paid tribute to his mechanics after they rebuilt his car in just three hours.
“It was something special to see my car repaired in parc fermé. The team did an incredible job and everything is working perfectly again,” Meeke said. “It's very difficult to carve out the line for the other guys [and run first on the road]; I don't think there's another rally where road position is so important. I can't go for any really fast times, but I'm just pleased to be back behind the wheel.”
“The roads this morning were complete marbles – and on a crest it's so difficult to judge,” he added. “[It's] enjoyable though - especially the last one [Shipmans], with massive trees lining the finish and you're in fifth/sixth gear.”
That 'enjoyment' certainly disappeared on the second run though, and all-in-all it was a bitter end to the weekend for the Brit, who was looking to put in a good performance in a bid to secure a drive with the squad in 2014. Despite the way it finished however, he will take some comfort from how he performed on the Thursday and Friday - and rightly so.