There was heartbreak for Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke and his co-driver Paul Nagle in the Rally Mexico this weekend, when they crashed out in the final stage of the event while running in ninth place in the Citro?n DS3 WRC.

"It's very disappointing not to finish the rally," sighed the 34-year-old from Ulster. "On the power stage, I had good pace notes and I was on the right line, but I hit a rock on the inside of a corner.

"I was first on the road, so I couldn't avoid it," he added.

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"Not making it to the finish is very frustrating even if there are lot of positives that we can take away from this rally," Meeke insisted. "I feel like I have made a huge amount of progress in terms of understanding the Citro?n DS3 WRC and the pace to adopt in the stages."

"Obviously, it's a disappointing result when you know the potential of our team, the Citro?n DS3 WRCs and our crew," said Citro?n Racing Team Principal Yves Matton, who had to be content with the two points that Meeke's team mate Mads ?stberg won for picking up ninth place despite suffering from broken suspension on Saturday.

"As regards Kris, obviously it was tough for him competing in such a difficult rally for the first time," added Matton. "We knew our crews were relatively inexperienced. We've probably paid the price for that today, but that takes nothing away from their potential."