Kris Meeke has described his early exit from Rally Italia Sardegna as a "disaster" and has conceded it was his own fault as he just got "caught out".

Meeke, who won in Argentina and then finished fourth last time out in Portugal, had been keen to maintain that momentum after a difficult start to the 2015 WRC season. However, he didn't last long in Sardinia, rolling his Citroen DS 3 WRC just 8 kilometres into SS2, the 26.31 km Grighine Sud 1 test, the first 'proper' stage of the event.

"I just got caught out," Meeke told the official WRC site. "A disaster to be honest. Earlier in the stage I got caught out under braking and then this happened. On a right tightens over crest I missed my line as I turned in and I had no chance to make the inside of the corner.

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"It's disappointing to say the least..."

Speaking later, and after Citroen confirmed he would be able to re-join under Rally 2, he added: "We knew that the first stage would be difficult. With the storms overnight, there were quite a few damp patches and it was very slippery. I didn't have a good feeling. I made a first mistake, but got away with that one.

"I tried to concentrate more to find the right pace. But then we came over a blind crest into a corner and I ran wide, hitting the embankment on the outside of the bend as we exited. The suspension gave way and we had to call it a day. After two good steps forward in Argentina and Portugal, it's a shame to be out of the race so quickly. It means we just need to keep working and that's what we'll endeavour to do on Saturday."