Former Junior World Rally champion Brice Tirabassi has been forced to call a halt to his Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign after a series of misfortunes.

The Frenchman's Peugeot 207 S2000 has been dogged by reliability issues, with an electrical problem accounting for his most recent retirement in Madeira at the start of this month.

Indeed to date this year, he has only managed to score points once, namely on the Rally Russia, when he finished seventh overall.

Speaking ahead of the Barum Rally Zlin next week, round six of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, he noted that it was futile to carry on.

"Unfortunately there was no point in fighting against the tide of this bad luck," he explained. "Our position in the title race has already been badly compromised, so we have reached the point now where there was no point in really continuing."

Asked about the future, he added though that he may well return in 2009 to mount another challenge for the IRC crown.

"Of course I hope to be back at some point in the future: my commitment and motivation remains exactly the same," he pledged.