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Kris Meeke is poles apart after his major smash

By Sammy Hamill

Kris Meeke summed up Rally Poland in a few words.

"Our rally was over before it started," he said.

A huge crash during the shakedown stage on Thursday not only smashed up his Citroen DS3 but dented his confidence and the Dungannon driver never fully recovered although he went on to salvage seventh place.

"I struggled to find the extra bit of confidence you need to be fighting at the front on these ultra-fast stages," he explained.

"You need total commitment to be competitive and I didn't have it, but at least we made it to the finish and collected some valuable points in the championship."

World champion Sebastien Ogier won for the fifth time this season in a Volkswagen 1-2 ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen with Ott Tanak taking third for Ford.

Final leading overall positions after special stage 18: 1 Sebastien Ogier (Fra) Volkswagen 2hrs 26mins 11.500secs, 2 Andreas Mikkelsen (Nor) Volkswagen 2:26:23.400, 3 Ott Tanak (Est) Ford 2:26:34.500, 4 Jari-Matti Latvala (Fin) Volkswagen 2:26:56.200, 5 Hayden Paddon (Nzl) Hyundai 2:27:26.100, 6 Thierry Neuville (Bel) Hyundai 2:27:56.000, 7 Kris Meeke (Gbr) Citroen 2:28:09.200, 8 Robert Kubica (Pol) Ford 2:28:19.800, 9 Mads Ostberg (Nor) Citroen 2:28:29.700, 10 Daniel Sordo (Spa) Hyundai 2:28:59.900

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