Kris Meeke forced to retire from Monte Carlo Rally

Kris Meeke
Kris Meeke and co-driver Paul Nagle earned their first WRC victory in Argentina last year

Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke retired his Citroen on the third day of the Monte Carlo Rally on Saturday.

Meeke, who had led after day one, withdrew after damaging his gearbox when he slipped off the road during the 12th stage.

Triple world champion Sebastien Ogier will go into Sunday's final day with the best part of a two-minute lead over Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen.

Hyundai's Belgian driver Thierry Neuville is in third place.

Meeke, 36, is racing a reduced season for Citroen in 2016 but will compete in the full series for the team in 2017 and 2018.

The County Tyrone man will race in six to eight rounds of this year's championship as he helps develops a new car.

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