Citroen's Kris Meeke says a "silly mistake" cost him a podium on Wales Rally GB this weekend, his home event and the 2014 WRC season finale.

Meeke was embroiled in an exciting three-way battle with team-mate Mads Ostberg and M-Sport's Mikko Hirvonen for much of the event and went into the final day, just 3.4 seconds off second.

However, he ran slightly wide into a ditch in the opening test this morning damaging two tyres, and that cost him dear later on, as he had to limp through the final two stages, losing more than 90 seconds and eventually dropping back to sixth.

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"I made a minor mistake when we were fighting for second place in the rally," Meeke conceded.

"After that, I sacrificed the result to make sure Citroen finished as runner-up in the Manufacturers' World Championship.

"We couldn't risk another puncture as we needed to complete the road section. I am disappointed but it is an experience I will take forward with me into the future."

"It has been a good season but if I do get a seat next year I need to stop making silly mistakes," he added. "We have got quicker and quicker throughout the season though, and that is very positive."

Meeke now ends his first full-season in the World Rally Championship in seventh place in the Drivers' Championship, with 92 points on the board - his best results, four third places in France, Finland, Argentina and Monte Carlo.