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Kris Meeke making it so hard for himself in Mexico

By Sammy Hamill

Kris Meeke said before Rally Mexico he had to cut out the mistakes which have proved so costly in this year's World championship. He didn't and paid the price again.

For the third round in a row the Dungannon driver slipped up, trailing in a distant 17th after going off the road and breaking the steering of his Citroen.

It had started so promisingly with Meeke challenging for the lead after setting fastest time on the third stage of the rally. But shortly afterwards he braked too late into a corner, the Citroen sliding wide in the Mexican dust and slamming broadside into a bank.

With the steering broken he and co-driver Paul Nagle had no option but to sit out the remainder of the Friday leg. They were able to return next day under Rally2 rules but, with massive penalties of more than 50 minutes, he had no hope of getting close to the WRC points.

Meeke admitted frankly: "I am not doing a good enough job for the team. The consistency is not there and that has to change. "

Of course, Meeke wasn't alone if falling foul of the rugged Mexican mountain roads. Jari-Matti Latvala (VW), Robert Kubica (Ford) , Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) and Ott Tanak (Ford) all being among the front-runners who were sidelined.

But not Sebastien Ogier. The World champion took the dust, heat and high altitude all in his stride to win for Volkswagen, his third straight victory of 2015.

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