The Citroen Racing WRC Team released a statement on Thursday to confirm that they have terminated the contracts of both Kris Meeke and his co-driver Paul Neagle.
The statement read:
Due to an excessively high number of crashes, some of which were particularly heavy and could have had serious consequences with regard to the crew’s safety, and given that the risks involved were unjustified by the sporting stakes at play,Citroën Racing WRT has decided to terminate the participation of Kris Meeke and PaulNagle in the 2018 WRC.
The decision becomes effective from the 2018 Rally Italia Sardegna and we will shortly be announcing the team’s line-up of crews for the remainder of the 2018 season. The entries of C3 WRCs for Craig Breen / Scott Martin and MadsOstberg/TorsteinEriksen still stand for Sardinia.
Citroen Racing Team Principal Pierre Budar said:
This wasn’t an easy decision to make because it effects a driver and a co-driver, but it is largely founded on safety issues which come under my preoccupations as Team Principal. We have consequently chosen to make this decision as a preventive measure.”