Meeke’s tempo was once robust on his debut with Toyota however tyre problems dominated out any probability of a podium end

Northern Eire’s Kris Meeke has completed 6th general at Rally Monte Carlo.

Meeke, who had dropped to 9th after two punctures on Saturday, was once fourth quickest on Sunday’s first 3 phases.

He gained the general energy level to protected 5 bonus issues – his first for Toyota – which put him fourth within the championship.

Sebastien Ogier gained by way of 2.2 secs from Thierry Neuville, with Ott Tanak completing 3rd.

Meeke had insisted on Saturday that the remainder of the rally was once about changing into extra aware of his new Toyota Yaris.

In spite of being 5 mins off the lead, Meeke progressed two positions on Saturday morning when Andreas Mikkelsen and Elfyn Evans crashed out.

On his Citroen go back, six-time WRC champion Ogier have been enthusiastic about a good struggle on the entrance with Hyundai driving force Neuville.

Meeke was once at the tempo when he remained factor unfastened, posting the second one quickest occasions in 3 out of Saturday’s 4 phases.

Mikklesen ripped a wheel of his Hyundai on Saturday’s opening level whilst Evans put his M-Recreation Fiesta in a ditch at the following run.

Meeke have been working 2nd after Thursday’s first level however then misplaced 45 seconds on level two on account of a puncture.

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The five-time rally winner’s dangerous success persevered on Friday when the primary level was once cancelled because of spectator problems, along with his tyre technique primarily based round gaining time at the opening run.

Spice up failure on the finish of level 4 compounded the time loss, ahead of a damaged rim pressured Meeke to lose over 3 mins with a puncture in a luckless Friday.

Friday’s level six tyre factor was once Meeke’s 3rd of the development, after a puncture all over the pre-event shakedown on most sensible of his two at the side of Thursday’s failure.



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