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Defiant Meeke back in action after flipping Citroen C3

By Sammy Hamill

Kris Meeke was back behind the wheel yesterday, undeterred by the accident which saw his Citroen C3 flip onto its roof during testing ahead of this weekend's Rally Sweden.

Neither Meeke nor co-driver Paul Nagle were injured in what was described as a low-speed crash after their Citroen caught a rut on the snow covered test stage near Karlstad.

Meeke and team-mate Craig Breen had two days of tests ahead of the rally, the second round of the World Championship, which starts on Friday.

In contrast to Meeke, Breen said he had "a perfect test" ahead of his debut in the new 2017-specification C3 Citroen.

Meanwhile, Steven Kane bagged a second podium finish in three years with third in the first GT big race of 2017, the Bathurst 12 hours in Australia.

The Ballynahinch-born ace led the race through the four-hour mark but a plethora of safety car periods saw him and Bentley team-mates Guy Smith and Olly Jarvis drop down the top 10.

But Kane took over for the final stint and climbed back to third behind the Maranello Ferrari 448 of Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup and Toni Vilander and the Porsche 911 GT3R of Marc Lieb, Patrick Long, Matt Campbell and David Calvert Jones.

Jarvis described it as the "most brutal race I've taken part in" and added: "We had a game plan to stay on the lead lap and stay out of trouble. It worked."

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