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Kris Meeke only eighth after misfiring on wet day

Kris Meeke was in eighth place at the end of a topsy-turvy first day of the Tour de Corse when torrential rain, which damaged roads and flooded villages, forced the cancellation of the second of three long stages.

The disruptions saw Ford's young Welshman Elfyn Evans lead a World championship rally for the first time with Hyundai's third string driver, Kevin Abbring, in second place ahead of the Volkswagen of Jari Matti Latvala.

VW team-mate and world champion Sebastien Ogier was 10th after his Polo suffered a puncture.

In the treacherous conditions, which saw Thierry Neuville retire after crashing his Hyundai into a bridge on the first stage, Meeke said he decided on a sensible, no-risks approach.

"I told myself to be clever and stay safe," he said after setting the eighth fastest time.

But his Citroen developed a misfire on stage three and he fell 47 seconds behind leader Evans, while Ogier, who had been joint leader with Ford's Robert Kubica after stage one, lost nearly one-and-half-minutes.

Craig Breen led the WRC2 division in 16th place overall in his Peugeot after early leader Pontus Tidemand damaged the suspension of his Skoda.

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