World Rally Championship: Kris Meeke finishes eighth in Rally Italy

Kris Meeke and co-driver Sebastian Marshall were in third place early in Friday's action
Kris Meeke crashed out on the final stage in Portugal earlier this month while in third place

Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke has finished in eighth place in Rally Italy after a puncture on Saturday.

Meeke had been in sixth position and closing in on fourth on Saturday's final stage before losing two minutes with the tyre change.

"It looks like I must have had an impact on something on the wide road and it's the rim that's broken, not the tyre itself," said Toyota driver Meeke.

Dani Sordo won the rally after Ott Tanak crashed on the final stage.

Hyundai driver Sordo picked up his second WRC win after Tanak's Toyota suffered power-steering failure on the final stage, forcing the Estonian to get stuck at a hairpin and drop over two minutes.

Sitting in sixth position after Friday, Meeke had lost ground on Saturday's morning loop before reeling in Elfyn Evans and Andreas Mikkelsen in the afternoon's first two stages.

Meeke had reduced the gap to Hyundai's fifth-placed Mikkelsen to just five seconds by the end of the day's penultimate stage, with Welshman Evans 1.3 seconds further ahead.

The puncture means the 39-year-old was a distant 55 seconds off the seventh-placed Citroen of Esapekka Lappi, with Meeke cruising home in Sunday's final stages.

There was more drama for six-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier, who sustained further suspension damage on his Citroen on Saturday after restarting the event from Friday's crash.