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Kris Meeke digs in as Latvala takes the spoils in France

By Sammy Hamill

For Kris Meeke it was all about doing the best job he could.

He never felt at ease, couldn't settle into a rhythm and never found a competitive pace on a disrupted, treacherous Tour de Corse, but he finished fourth behind the Volkswagens of Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen who had Ford's young Welshman Elfyn Evans sandwiched between them in second.

Crucially Meeke helped to move his Citroen team back to second ahead of Hyundai in the manufacturers' championship.

"It wasn't a great weekend for me in terms of pace but to come away with fourth place and good solid points for the team, wasn't so bad," said the Dungannon driver.

He had been on the back foot from day one when his Citroen developed a misfire due to water in the electrics. Starting day two in eighth place, Meeke quickly climbed to fourth but never got in a position to challenge the leading trio. Hayden Paddon finished fifth for Hyundai ahead of Meeke's team-mate Mads Ostberg. World champion Sebastien Ogier incurred a 10 minute penalty after his VW's gearbox failed, eventually finishing 15th.

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