Citroen's Kris Meeke has insisted he didn't crack under the pressure on Sunday when he inherited the lead on Rallye Deutschland.

Meeke started the final day a minute off overnight leader, Jari-Matti Latvala. However he soon found himself top of the leaderboard, when the Finn went out in the opening test.

Meeke's spell in P1, however, did not last long, and just 2 kilometres into the next stage he went out when he hit a wall and ripped off the left rear wheel on his Citroen DS3 WRC car. He later revealed that a pace-note that was a "little bit over optimistic" was to blame.

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It brought to an end a fine run in Germany for the Ulsterman, who had looked set for a podium for virtually all of the event.

"The first stage [today] was really very difficult. When I learned that Jari-Matti had stopped, it didn't really change my state of mind though. I wasn't affected by the possibility of winning..." Meeke stated.

"I was relaxed and focussed at the start of SS16. But I had a pace-note that was a little bit too optimistic at the start of the stage. We hit something with the front wheel. I felt a big vibration and we went off on the next corner and crashed into a wall.

"I'm really disappointed for everyone in the team, who have been working so hard to get results. But we showed that we were on the pace. We'll have to start thinking about the next rally now."

Citroen team principal Yves Matton added: "It's really disappointing, because we were so close to winning. The team and Kris Meeke had had a perfect rally until this morning. We had wanted to be in position to take advantage of the slightest opportunity. Unfortunately, we were unable to grab it when it came along.

"Kris [still] had a very good rally, however. After Finland, he continued to improve his pace. In Australia, he'll be able to show us what he is capable of again."

Mads Ostberg meanwhile finished sixth in the sister car and despite a tough event said he was happy with the result.

"I'm pleased to have made it to the end of the rally. Before the start, the goal was to finish in the top five. Unfortunately, we weren't consistent enough on all of the stages. [But] it's still a decent result, because we are only twenty seconds off the podium.

"We were just missing a little something, although the most important thing was to rack up the miles and experience for the upcoming events on tarmac," he stated.


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