Rallying - Meeke's Corsica dream goes up in smoke

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Citroen Abu Dhabi Total WRT team's British pilot Kris Meeke and Irish co-pilot Paul Nagle compete during the shakedown of the Tour de Corse rally, stage of the WRC championships, on April 6, 2017, in Sorbo Ocagnano, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. (AFP Photo/PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA)

Rallying - Meeke's Corsica dream goes up in smoke

Citroen Abu Dhabi Total WRT team's British pilot Kris Meeke and Irish co-pilot Paul Nagle compete during the shakedown of the Tour de Corse rally, stage of the WRC championships, on April 6, 2017, in Sorbo Ocagnano, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. (AFP Photo/PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA)

- Kris Meeke was agonisingly forced to give up his lead of the Tour of Corsica when his Citroen began belching out smoke, with Thierry Neuville taking full advantage. The Northern Irishman went into the weekend more than 10 seconds in front of France's reigning four-time world champion Sebastien Ogier of Ford with the Belgian Neuville in his Hyundai in third. But Meeke's hopes of a successive victory -- he triumphed in Mexico in the previous leg of the World Rally Championship -- quickly unravelled at the end of the sixth stage when he suffered engine trouble and could only coast to the line with smoke billowing out of his Citroen. That propelled Neuville into the lead and he refused to let it go heading into Sunday's final action.


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