WRC: Kris Meeke accepts blame for crash on Monte Carlo Rally

Kris Meeke has accepted full responsibility for the Monte Carlo Rally accident that ruled him out of day one of the World Rally Championship season-opener

WRC: Kris Meeke accepts blame for crash on Monte Carlo Rally

The Citroen driver was running in second place going onto stage four on Friday morning.

Seventeen miles into the 23-mile Aspres les Corps-Chaillol test, he hit a bank and retired with suspension damage to his C3 WRC.

"There's not much to say," Meeke told Autosport.

"It's not unfortunate, I chose the speed for the corner and there was a lot less grip than I anticipated."

Meeke admitted he had been caught out by the conditions in a high-speed section.

"The road was completely polished, but it looked like snow and with snow you have a bit of substance, a bit of something to take some grip from," he said.

"The conditions are so complicated here, in places the road looks white, but it's snow that's melted a bit and then frozen again overnight.

"It's like glass. With these tyres, when you touch that, you've nothing.

"It was fifth or sixth gear, but that doesn't matter - I was too fast for the corner.

"We slid wide, touched the bank and that spun us around and broke the right-rear."

Meeke will return to the action on Saturday, using the event's final two days as an opportunity to gather more data on Citroen's all-new C3 WRC.

"Obviously a result is out of the question," said Meeke, "but everybody's learning a lot with the new cars and we have to continue and try to adapt to the conditions."

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