WRC Rally Australia: Meeke demoted to fifth

Kris Meeke hit with a 61 second penalty on Rally Australia after he is deemed to have cut a corner too much in SS10
Citroen's Kris Meeke has been demoted to fifth on Rally Australia after it was deemed he cut a corner too aggressively on the repeat loop.

Meeke had finished the day just 1.5 seconds behind Andreas Mikkelsen, locked in a close scrap for the final podium place.

However, he was later hit with a 61 second penalty after the stewards ruled he cut a corner too much in SS10, the 8.96 km Valla 1 test.

“I did my best to stay on the pace,” Meeke noted before news of the penalty. “The second fastest time on this afternoon's long stage shows that we have the capacity to be among the frontrunners. But we still have work to do to stay at the front.

“There are still a hundred or so kilometres to run tomorrow. We are going to keep fighting for every tenth of a second!”

Meeke will now start the final day 0.6 seconds behind M-Sport man Mikko Hirvonen.

The revised top-ten classification is as follows:

Rally Australia: Overall standings after Stage 14 (Top 10) - REVISED:

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 2hours 03m 55.3s M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +00m 11.8s M
3. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +00m 25.3s M
4. Mikko Hirvonen M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +01m 27.2s M
5. Kris Meeke Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +01m 27.8s M
6. Mads Ostberg Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +02m 08.2s M
7. Hayden Paddon Hyundai Motorsport N i20 WRC +02m 15.5s M
8. Thierry Neuville Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +03m 52.4s M
9. Elfyn Evans M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +03m 59.0s M
10. Robert Kubica RK M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +04m 59.2s M

all times unofficial

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Kris Meeke (GBR) Paul Nagle (IRL) Citroen DS3 WRC
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Kris Meeke (GBR) Citroen DS3 WRC

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September 13, 2014 4:41 PM

I was a little worried when I saw this on the live coverage that he might be hit with a penalty, but 61 seconds is a bit harsh. I don't believe the cut gained him much if any time through the stage.


September 13, 2014 7:38 PM

Rallying is the fastest time between point A and point B surely. Look at Ypres.... the cars are on grass as often as tarmac. The use of bales is common to demark a route, ie chicanes... if this corner was a potential problem why weren't there bales to make it impossible to cut too much? How did they arrive at 61 secs for a penalty? Its extremely harsh.

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