Thursday 16 August 2018

Watch: Ireland's Kris Meeke crashes dramatically during Tour de Corse but recovers to record top 10 finish

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Sebastien Ogier claimed a dominant 36.1-second victory at the Tour de Corse with his third win from the opening four rounds of the World Rally Championship in his Ford Fiesta.

French championship leader and five-time defending champion Ogier - who led the time sheets after the first two days of action - came home fourth and third in the final two stages on Sunday to seal his fourth victory in his homeland and first since 2016.

Estonia's Ott Tanak (Toyota Yaris), who celebrated a win on Sunday's first stage, finished the weekend second overall.

The win saw Ogier increase his championship lead over nearest rival Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20) of Belgium, who was hot on Ogier's tail all weekend but could only manage third.

Spaniard Dani Sordo (Hyundai) came fourth with Welshman Elfyn Evans (Ford) fifth and Esapekka Lappi (Toyota) of Finland, who won the final stage in France, sixth.

Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai) of Norway came home seventh ahead of eighth-placed Czech Jan Kopecky (Skoda).

Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke crashed his Citroen C3 out during the last stage on Saturday - after impressing with three top-five finishes on the penultimate day - and managed to end the race ninth overall, while Frenchman Yoann Bonato completed the top 10.

Meeke's crash was particularly dramatic. Watch below:

Nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb, who crashed his Citroen out of Friday's second stage to end the opening day 56th overall, fought back with wins in the first two stages on Saturday and ended the French round a more respectable 14th.

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