Kris Meeke's Rally of Finland hopes over after crash

Kris Meeke
Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle clinched their first WRC win in Argentina in April

Northern Ireland driver Kris Meeke's hopes of a podium finish in the Rally of Finland world championship event ended after he crashed on stage 16.

Meeke was lying third, 34.9 seconds behind leader Jari-Matti Latvala when he slid off at a right-hand corner and damaged his left front wheel.

The Dungannon man attempted to work on his car but to no avail.

Meeke earned his first WRC win in Argentina in April but has also suffered a number of crashes this year.

On Friday Dungannon man Meeke, 36, won two stages of the rally in his Citroen DS3, but he came to grief 1.4km from the start with heavy rain falling.

Frenchman Latvala, the reigning world champion and championship leader, has won five of the seven rounds to date, but trails his Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier.

Meeke led briefly on Friday but then suffered a mysterious transmission problem on the first of two runs over the Ouninpohja stage.

He was then later given a 10-second penalty when he was adjudged to have been late for the penultimate stage of the day.

The event finishes with two final stages on Sunday.

Meeke began the event seventh in the championship, level on points with sixth-placed Elfyn Evans. Ogier is 78 points clear of Mikkelsen at the top of the standings.

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