Britain's Kris Meeke says he will probably have to take a "step back" now following his disappointing showing on Rally Mexico.

Meeke had been aiming to eliminate the mistakes, after making errors in Sweden and Monte Carlo, but went off near the start of SS4, the second 'proper' test.

It was a bitter blow for the Ulsterman, especially as he had posted the quickest time in SS3 to move up to third place overall, and while he was able to re-join on Saturday under Rally 2, finishing 16th, it wasn't much consolation.

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"Here I wanted to put things right, but did exactly the opposite. The consistency is not there - something is missing. That is extremely disappointing," Meeke said at the finish.

"I am used to working a lot between rallies and I am probably going to have to take a step back now before heading for Argentina [the next event]," he added.

"I will do a reset to try and give my season a fresh start!"

Asked about his off on Friday, Meeke said it was his own fault and that he had just misjudged the speed.

"I just braked too late into a fast right, which was followed by a tight left," he explained on his personal website. "We got off line and just could not get it back, so we never made the left-hander.

"We clipped a rock on the outside and that was it. I am at a bit of a loss to explain it. The road was slippery, but I was just too late on the brakes. The specific goal was to not make a mistake, so I am really angry with myself," concluded the Citroen driver.