Citroen's Kris Meeke says he needs to start bringing it home after he suffered his third crash in as many events on Rally Finland last weekend.
Meeke had put in a fine performance and was running comfortably in third - the only one anywhere near the duelling Volkswagen's of Jari-Matti Latvala and Sebastien Ogier. However, it all went wrong for the Ulsterman on Saturday's second loop
, when he got caught out by the wet conditions in SS16 and ran wide and hit a tree, damaging the front axle on his DS 3 WRC.
He was able to re-join on Sunday under Rally 2, classified 17th at the finish and going third fastest in both final tests - including taking a point in the Power Stage – but it wasn't much consolation at time when he is under pressure to try and keep his seat for 2016.
“Okay, it is frustrating. We are still missing something, but it is something to be best of the rest after the Volkswagen's,” he told WRC Live
after the final test. “We need to bring it home however – there is still something to find.”
“I always knew the pace was there, I need an extra half a per cent to keep it together and when that happens it will be good.
“I will try my best and try and string it together [now]. Hopefully we can turn up in Germany and if the weather is kind do something.”
Speaking back in service, he added: “In terms of competitiveness, we showed that we have progressed compared with where we were last season here. The changes to the DS 3 WRC have been very positive and we were able to get very close to the leaders.
“It's always frustrating when you don't come away with a result, but the conditions were particularly difficult this weekend.
“It was [also] good to rejoin on Sunday and score a point in the Power Stage. At the end of the day, there are lot of positive points and one small negative...”