Britain's Kris Meeke managed to finish tenth on his Rally Sweden debut, although he could have been a lot higher, but for a mistake on the final day.

Meeke was competing on snow for the very first time in Karlstad and despite that inexperience he ran in the top-ten from the off.

However on Saturday he made an error in SS18, the 19.26 kilometre Torntorp 1 test, and got stuck in a snowbank. He lost sixth place and seven minutes as a result, but while he dropped to 14th, he recovered and moved back up into the points in the final test, when fellow countryman and columnist Elfyn Evans retired.

In total Meeke posted 17 top-ten times - including a fourth fastest time in Torbsy 2 on Thursday and three sixth quickest efforts in SS13, SS22 and SS23.

"I think I can be pleased with this first rally on snow," Meeke summed-up following round two in the 2014 World Rally Championship.

"The only minor mistake we made proved very costly. If there had been spectators around, we would probably have only lost fifteen seconds or so. But we had to get the car out ourselves. However, the rest of the weekend went very well. We have learned a lot.

"The main thing for me is that we managed to get close to the leading guys. And finishing in the points is encouraging for the rest of the season."

Citroen team principal Yves Matton meanwhile also reckoned Meeke's performance was a good one: "Kris had an intelligent race. He completed all the stages and I don't think we can hold his minor mistake [in SS18] against him," Matton added. "At the end of the day, he has produced a better performance that many a driver at their first Rally Sweden. We're very pleased with his performance levels and the points he has picked up for the Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT."



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