WRC Rally Poland: Citroen's Kris Meeke crashes heavily on shakedown

Kris Meeke is optimistic he can still start Rally Poland despite crashing his Citroen on Thursday morning's shakedown stage

WRC Rally Poland: Citroen's Kris Meeke crashes heavily on shakedown

The crash happened on the Northern Irish driver's fifth run at the stage, when his DS 3 WRC rolled on the first corner.

Meeke told AUTOSPORT: "Eighty metres after the startline I was launched into the air and the car rolled seven times. That's it.

"I didn't hit anything. I'm limited in what I can say [until we get the car back].

"I was up to fourth gear and that corner is completely flat and has been every time.

"OK, the ruts were getting deeper, but only maybe 10 cars had gone through since I went through the stage before.

"It took me completely by surprise. It just went over and over.

"We have to wait until the car comes back and the team can have a look at the [roll] cage and see what it looks like.

"Obviously I want to start, I want to compete. Hopefully we can do that."

Meeke and co-driver Paul Nagle, both of whom were uninjured in the accident, were using the shakedown stage as their pre-event test in an effort to find the ideal set-up ahead of the latest round of the World Rally Championship.

Defending world champion Sebastien Ogier was fastest at shakedown, half a second up on his nearest rival - local hero Robert Kubica.

Follow Rally Poland as it happens with AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live from 7am UK time on Friday

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