Suzuki World Rally Team number two driver Per-Gunnar Andersson has said that he just got 'caught out' in SS16 on Saturday, when he crashed out of the Neste Oil Rally Finland.
The Swede had been running in ninth, when he went out in dramatic fashion towards the end of the 20.90 kilometre Kakaristo 1 test, the same spot that claimed Gigi Galli and then P-WRC leader, Juha Salo.
P-G and co-driver Jonas Andersson were both left bruised by the accident and slightly shaken, but otherwise okay. They will not however be able to re-start on Sunday under the SupeRally.
"I was caught out by a very difficult left-hand corner in Kakaristo stage - another car had already crashed at this point. The car went off the road and into a tree," Andersson explained.
"Fortunately, neither myself, nor Jonas were seriously hurt, but we are both feeling quite stiff from the impact. I'm very sorry for everybody in the team. The car had been running really well; we'd had no problems at all during the event and the pace had been good. We were looking at points here, but that's the way the sport goes sometimes."
Suzuki team manager Paul Wilding meanwhile was just happy that P-G and Jonas escaped unharmed.
Indeed while he added it was a shame Andersson retired, at least Toni Gardemeister is still on track to get points in the sister SX4 WRC. Indeed Gardemeister finished the day in eighth – and on course for two manufacturers' points.
"The first thing to say is that we are all very relieved that P-G and Jonas are both fine - that's our number one priority in an accident like this. That said, we're disappointed for him and the team, his SX4 WRC was running faultlessly and very quickly until the accident," Wilding stated.
"Today has definitely been a day of mixed fortunes. Both cars were running well. But at least Toni remains in a very strong position going into the final day. He's sensibly driving in, what he calls, preservation mode and is looking good to take points tomorrow."