Britain's Kris Meeke says it is a "real shame" he crashed out of Rally Finland on Saturday, while seemingly on course for third.

Meeke got caught out in the wet conditions on a right-hand bend in Jukojarvi 2, when he ran wide and clipped a tree, damaging the front axle on his DS 3 WRC.

It brought to an end a positive showing from the Ulsterman, who had been the only one anywhere near the lead Volkswagen's of Jari-Matti Latvala and Sebastien Ogier.

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"With the rain, we had changed the set-up before setting off on Jukojarvi 2. After a few kilometres, there was a right-hand bend which tightened over a jump. I stayed in the middle, like I did on the first run, but when I turned into the corner I was already in the mud," Meeke recalled.

"I tried everything to keep control of the car despite the aquaplaning, but the car hit a tree on the outside of the corner, breaking the front left-hand suspension. It's a real shame, because we were on course for a good result," he added.

"We had an excellent feeling in the car. I wasn't under pressure and I felt good, but that's just how it goes sometimes."

It was Meeke's third crash in a many events, after he also crashed in the shakedown in Poland and early on in Sardinia.

It also comes at time when the Ulsterman's future is far from certain. Indeed team boss Yves Matton said as much prior to this weekend's event, noting in an interview with Autosport that Meeke's recent form has "completely destroyed" his maiden victory in Argentina.

Asked if he is starting to feel the pressure in the pre-event press conference, Meeke replied: "Nothing's really changed, there's always been pressure on my shoulders to keep my job and to be honest my future has never been secure for more than six or eight months at a time. It doesn't change much for me; I'll continue to do the best job I can."

Citroen says Meeke 'should' now be able to re-join on Sunday under Rally 2, albeit having dropped down to 21st position.